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Disney promises a new STAR WARS film every year starting in 2015.

Posted on April 17, 2013 at 2:54 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson


Rejoice geeks, we are in for a lot of Star Wars.  Disney took the stage today for its presentation at CinemaCon—a convention for theater owners—in Las Vegas, and the studio made the bold announcement that it is planning on releasing a new Star Wars film into theaters every summer starting with 2015’s Star Wars: Episode VII.  The studio will alternate every other year with an “Episode” film and a standalone film.

Director J.J. Abrams is currently busy prepping Episode VII, which will most likely see the return of original cast members Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford.  While plot details on the new trilogy are non existent, Disney confirmed that it was developing standalone Star Wars films back in February.  Though the studio has yet to reveal which characters those films would focus on, previous reports claim that films focusing on Yoda, Boba Fett, and a young Han Solo are in the works.

boba_fett_by_ninjacompany-d4f5hveScreenwriters Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back) and Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class) were brought onto team Disney/Lucasfilm early on in the Episode VII development process, and while we initially thought they would be working on the scripts for Episode VIII and IX, subsequent reports claimed that the two are also developing the standalone films as well.

At this point, very little is certain, but with an indefinite amount of Star Wars movies on the way starting in just two years, expect to hear much more information sooner rather than later.  It definitely seems like Disney wants to manage this property the same way they are currently running Marvel, which is not a terrible thing.  What do you think?  Excited for oodles of Star Wars, or worried about overkill?

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    • Jess Hicks

      I'm so torn, on one hand I love Star Wars and I would like to see more GOOD films from them. On the other hand, that's a LOT of Star Wars and sometimes somethings don't need more elaboration to be awesome.

    • I was torn when it was first announced. I am a HUGE Star Wars nut (I named my dog Vader and my son Luke for crying out loud), and the way I look at it is this. Even if the new movies are the worst things ever (which I doubt), I still have 5 1/2 films that I absolutely love, I have all the novels that I adore, and more comics and games than I should own as an adult. I'll still love them and Star Wars even if the new ones are a bust. That will never change.

      Even bad Star Wars gives me thrills though. The Phantom Menace for all it's flaws though gave me a couple great jolts of excitement. I am a huge Expanded Universe person, and never thought I would get to see Coruscant or the Jedi in their prime. I got to see an amazing lightsaber duel that is better than anything I could have imagined, and Maul using the force to throw the droid head to open the door behind him while fighting 2 jedi Is one of the top 10 moments in the entire franchise for me. Does it have flaws? My god yes, but I still love it for what it is. I am a big believer in Star Wars forever!!

    • Jennifer

      I think it's going to be cool to see the Star Wars world in a post Evil Empire State. I'm unfamiliar with most things Star Wars (I'm a Trekkie/Trekker) but I was just saying the other day how fun I think it's going to be to see a 3rd generation of Jedis. But really I think I'm more excited about the stand alone films! Since I've never delved into the expanded universe, it'll be nice to learn some background on some of the characters I love or hate. Maybe these films will change my mind about how I feel about them or confirm my beliefs. But I can't help get excited just wondering who the films will be about!

    • Stephen-Alva

      I agree that more Star Wars can be a good thing. I am a huge Marvel Universe fan and I am excited every time a Marvel film comes out even if there are 3-4 a year. Even the bad ones have some things I enjoyed. I feel the same about Star Wars. I am excited to see more of this universe and having stand alone films will get us to experience smaller stories that can be just as epic. I think there are endless possibilities here and if the right people get involved, the next few years can be awesome!

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