At CinemaCon, Walt Disney Studios (who acquired the Star Wars empire back in October) announced not just their release date for Star Wars: Episode VII but also their plans for the rest of the series and standalone films.
Star Wars: Episode VII, which is being directed by J.J. Abrams, will be released in the summer of 2015. First Showing reports that, “the releases will alternate between the milestone episodes of the new trilogy and the standalone films that have been confirmed to be in the works. There were rumblings that the standalone films would be released between Episodes VII, VIII and IX, but this is the first we’ve heard from Disney about their plans to release a new Star Wars film every year following Episode VII in 2015.”
So basically, Disney will be VERY busy created a new film each and every year as part of the Star Wars empire. This really speeds up the pace of the storytelling. Past Films were released with years in between
- IV: A New Hope (1977)
- V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
- VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)
- I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
- II: Attack of the Clones (2002)
- III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
- The Clone Wars (2008)
- VII (2015)
The closest has been three years in between. Are you looking forward to summers becoming Star Wars themed?