‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ Opens in Summer 2015; New ‘Star Wars’ Movie Every Year After

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star wars episode 7 release date Star Wars: Episode 7 Opens in Summer 2015; New Star Wars Movie Every Year After

Some five months ago, after the bomb dropped that Disney has acquired Lucasfilm and plans to release Star Wars: Episode VII sometime in 2015, the newly-appointed Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy revealed the studio’s intention to release 2-3 new movies every year (beginning with the seventh cinematic Star Wars installment).

Today, Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm jointly announced at the ongoing 2013 CinemaCon in Las Vegas that, in fact, a new Star Wars movie will be arriving every summer beginning with Episode VII in 2015. That includes both Episodes VII-IX and the standalone and/or spinoff films, which the studios have confirmed as being part of the overall plan to usher in a new era for George Lucas’ cash cow.

Screenwriters Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back) and Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past) – in addition to consulting on Episode VII alongside director J.J. Abrams and screenwriter Michael Arndt - are scripting additional Star Wars films, which Disney CEO Bob Iger describes as being “derived from great Star Wars characters that are not part of the overall saga.”

The intention is for the standalone films to flesh out and develop the cinematic Star Wars mythos, while filling in the space (no pun intended) between Episodes. It’s an approach similar to that which is already being used by Disney and Marvel on the Marvel Cinematic Universe; here, the Star Wars “Episodes” are tantamount to The Avengers movies in the MCU, while the standalone films are like the superhero solo vehicles for Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America.

star wars yoda movie Star Wars: Episode 7 Opens in Summer 2015; New Star Wars Movie Every Year After

There have been rumors about the standalone features revolving around familiar characters, such as Boba Fett, Jedi Master Yoda and a young version of Han Solo, with Harrison Ford returning to play the older incarnation beginning in Episode VII. Indeed, it would make sense for Disney and Lucasfilm to first test the waters, so to speak, by developing standalone movies revolving around certain beloved Star Wars characters in their youth (or when they were still alive, in Yoda’s case); then, if those do well, shift the focus to the new generation of heroes and villains in a galaxy far, far away.

Disney and Marvel will continue to do just that over the next few years, once they release the Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man movies, seeing how both are meant to build on the foundation laid by previous installments featuring better-known superheroes; not to mention, bridge the gap between Avengers movies. If it works for Marvel, then it should work for Star Wars – at least, that seems to be the logic here.

What do you think? Is having a new Star Wars movie (be it Episode or standalone) release every summer too much, the right amount – or maybe even not enough?


Star Wars: Episode VII opens in theaters in Summer 2015.

Source: Walt Disney Pictures/Lucasfilm [via Coming Soon]

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  1. I am so ready for a new episode but I don’t want them to try and overshadow the originals

  2. I would love for them to do a Mace Windu film based on the Star Wars novel “Shatterpoint.” It was a great book, more literature-like than fan fiction. IDK how they would swing it since he’s supposed to be dead, but maybe a prequel type thing.

  3. I think a tv show set within the universe with a new protagonist would be killer. For the movies, I think one long movie analyzing the different faucets of multiple characters would satisfy the fans and just be a better approach. If they were done like marvel movies they are going to suck.

  4. I think that one new starwars movie every summer would be the most awesome thing every! Anyone who wouldn’t think that must not be a true starwars fan at all!

    • Some Star Wars fans are just afraid they will screw up the movies and i will be crying (not that enthusiastic about the every summer thing) still big fan

  5. I prefer the original 70′s – 80′s movies not from a Star Wars fan standpoint, but from a movie fan stand point. The who Mythos has been completely ruined.

  6. So happy there will be new starwars movies and I believe one every summer is a good amount but I don’t think that they should have returning people that are already dead that would confuse the plot even more so than it already is

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  8. I think I’m one of the world’s biggest SW nerds (seen every movie 50+ times,beat every game and still play them,and own every book and read several times each) however I think 1 or more is the mist kriffing idiotic thing I’ve heard. If you rush them out like that it takes the novelty away(like CoD games -_-). But for standalones or spinoffs use a great character(Mace windu,Darth Revan,or even Darth Bane ^_^)
    Hmu on 360 or One if your a true fan,need more to talk with.
    Now back to NES Han Solo side scroller :P

  9. I think it’s a great idea of a film every summer and it’s perfect thing for fans to look forward to each year, Hayden was a bad actor glad be ain’t going to appearing again !!!!!!

  10. I would love to see old republic movies featuring darth bane or other sith caracters

  11. I want new star wars movies now make a v 4 1/² or sonething

  12. I am regular reader, how are you everybody? This piece of writing posted at this website is really pleasant.

  13. Rlly why disney they sing too much. And i swear if disney puts a single song in Star Wars they are gonna make a big angry mob. Plus the entrie Star Wars will be ruined.


    • Yes, everyone remembers all the singing in Avengers and Pirates of the Caribbean. -_-

  14. Disney is going to market it for kids and mess it up and that idiot George Lucas is going to let them. George lets his wife and kids tell him how to make a movie.(JAR JAR BINKS what a tool)

  15. One new star war every summer would be awesome and group them into episodes

  16. I personally believe that Episode 7 is going to bomb…sure it will be surreal to see Luke Skywalker on screen again…but it kind of seems like a bad reunion…Luke at 50, Leia at 60? Han Solo at 70? get real people…Star Wars needs to stay in the past where it belongs…we need to progress forward and expand our horizons on new movies…I am much more siked about the idea of seeing a BraveStarr movie than a new Star Wars movie…and given the choice between the new Ninja Turtles movie and the new Star Wars movie? I will go watch the Ninja Turtles any day over a new Star Wars movie. When it comes to making new movies we need to learn from past films and quit acting like there won’t be a greater movie than Star Wars…my friend and I came up with a movie called Space Bugs…and if it ever gets made into a live action CGI movie it will outdo Star Wars…because in this world there are no humans…just alien characters. you should check it out on Facebook.

  17. Can you please come out with a movie about the SITH!
    Maybe about the Rule of Two. Darth Bane my favorite SITH.
    Or doing the Old SITH era. It’s time for STAR WARS TO COME


  19. Bring them on. If they are quality and continue the theme. I remember well the years I waited for the first three then years more the second set. One a year with quality will be great,two years apart would be better if that is what it takes for quality.
    There were so many good books by several authors that chronicled the life and times of luke,leia, and the wookie clan,there should be no problem finding scenarios for films.

    Another 5,10,or 15 movies would fill part of my bucket list before I die.

  20. December 2015. Not the summer.

  21. Yes, Star Wars is my top pick to be the highest grossing film for this year. Actually, I’m so excited for this movie not just me I guess everyone around. Actually, there are many movies to be release this year http://goo.gl/fk56kz and absolutely my favorite is Star Wars.

  22. love star wars don’t really care who makes them as long as there good so in my opinion keep them coming