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

Published 2 years ago by

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]

Follow Sandy Schaefer on Twitter @feynmanguy
TAGS: Star wars
Get our free email alerts on the topics and author of this article:


Post a Comment

GravatarWant to change your avatar?
Go to Gravatar.com and upload your own (we'll wait)!

 Rules: No profanity or personal attacks.
 Use a valid email address or risk being banned from commenting.

If your comment doesn't show up immediately, it may have been flagged for moderation. Please try refreshing the page first, then drop us a note and we'll retrieve it. Keep in mind that we do not allow external links in the comments.

    • yeah, how dare they try to make money!!

    • Yeah, a real fan would buy the franchise for 4 billion dollars and then retire it.

    • DAMN RIGHT! Too much. The time is too short between movies …

    • Yeah, how dare they do what they promised they were going to do way back when the first movies come out.

      • *came out

    • They can’t kill the legacy anymore than Lucas already did.

  1. They’re going to rush these through until there’s no substance left. Like Call of Duty.

    • Or Assassins Creed

    • Or anything else you didn’t really like.

  2. Greed.

    • Definitively pulled first…

  3. Yep, people aren’t gonna get sick of the franchise if there’s one every year.

    Then again, maybe those who lap up the Call Of Duty games and give it high scores consistantly could take some of Disney’s money to rate and overhype these yearly like they do with Activision/Infinity Ward’s cash?

    I just think it’d be a total overload. Like a cake, have too much, you get sick of it.

    • It’s remarkable to me how once a year can be considered overload. I guess your birthday and anniversaries are killing ya.

    • @Dazz,

      I agree with your statement.

      Second, “Star Wars” is not like “Star Trek”; thus, the audience is going to be extremely young. “Phantom Menace”, “Attack of the Clones”, and “Revenge of the Sith” were created for 12-16 year old children. When you watch the classical trilogy, the age group has a pretty wide spectrum. I also think that is why the magic is gone. Once you get into your mid-twenties, the impact of the franchise should start to fade away.

      “Star Wars” is a great franchise for kids, and that is why Lucas sold it to Disney. If he wanted to gear “Star Wars” towards adults, Lucas would have sold it to Paramount, 20th Century Fox, or Spyglass. While the franchise may speak to the kid in you, the reality is that “Star Wars” is for a younger audience.

      • What are you talking about? Star Wars appealed to ALL ages when it came out. My thirty year old parents didn’t take my grandparents to see Episode IV five times just for my sake.

  4. Overkill

  5. Sounds interesting. So Avengers is to Iron Man 3 as to Star Wars 7 is to Boba Fett movie. We’ll see episode 7 and then 2 spin-offs to build up to episode 8. I like that combined cinematic universe concept. Can’t wait!!

  6. seems alright.

  7. I will go see the Star Wars Episode films in the theaters, but will watch the stand alone character films online. I just think this is too much overkill, but that is Hollywood for you.

  8. That was the beauty of Star Wars, wait 3 years get new one, wait 3 years get new one.

    I laugh.

  9. Disney

    Take heed

    Pirates of the Caribbean.

    Dead horse or what?

    • Pirates still makes billions of dollars. So, your point makes no sense.

      • The quality went down hill tho

        • Not to a lot of people. That’s why the movies still made a lot of money.

  10. I’m a little unnerved by the news too (and words like “rushed” and “greed” have come to mind), but then my mind keeps going to back to Marvel Studios… they’re making about 2 movies every year and so far they’ve all been critically and financially successful (as well as being widely accepted by the fans).

    If Marvel can do it, why not Star Wars?

    Give it a chance. Who knows, maybe they’ve been planning this for a while now… As long as they’re good, why not?

    • That’s a really good point! I think Disney can care about fans. I think they understand what Star Wars can be and should be and will take many lessons learned from the Marvel projects. I have ever faith in this. Give me KOTOR! Give me light saber play on par with the cinematic trailers!!

    • @ The Avenger
      I totally agree. Almost everyone loves what Marvel has done so why can’t it work for Star Wars?
      My only hope is that the focus for the standalone films is on new characters.

      • Honestly Jeff, a lot of that “specialness” was taken away by the prequels if you ask me.
        Lucas also had creative licence on those and look what happened…

        I guess we’ll have to agree to disagree on this one. It might also have something to do with the fact that I’m 17, meaning I never had to wait 3 years for the next SW movie. The first time I saw the original trilogy was back-to-back on DVD (but to me the MOVIES are what’s special – not waiting 3 years to see them)

        And as for the car metaphor. The Buggati Veyron is indeed an amazing piece of machinery (to quote Jeremy Clarkson: “It’s Concorde”), but I’m pretty sure Bugati comes out with a new, faster version of the Veyron almost every year…

  11. didnt all you guys whine about lack of star wars movies, nbow they doing it: just wait and see ppl. sheesh

    • I never whined for a new Star Wars but I can see where they’re coming from in terms of worrying about overkill.

      Thing with Marvel’s movies is that each one has a different flavour and if you don’t like the look of something based on the trailer, you don’t have to watch (a concept that seems to be lost on US audiences but there we go, that’s another argument).

      I’m just thinking that some people will complain after a while and get sick of hearing about Star Wars and that kills any chance of future projects based on it.

      • well silver lining: its disney not fox. i trust disney.

    • No, I did not. I like the magic of the original Star Wars, was an adult with little to no interest in the prequels only Revenge of the Sith.

      I support people who want more Star Wars and I support those who think it is overkill.

  12. Its about time someone did something with Star Wars, They whole franchise has been rusting for years.

  13. I wish they would just make a TV show on abc. This way we could have Star Wars every year without fans getting all worked up about it. I don’t want a Star Wars movie every year because that would take away the “feeling” of Star Wars.

    A Star Wars TV show (live action) could even lead up to their 2015 movie. What Disney needs to do is to try and keep this as close as they can to the original movies. Once they separate themselves from the original Star Wars there’s no going back.

    Oh, and if Disney heeds my words then I can write, direct, produce and act in this TV show if necessary. I already have it all planned out.

  14. I think Disney is over-estimating the appeal of Star Wars and its characters.
    I expect them to milk the franchise to the limit but this amounts to breast-pumping.

    • Some people are lactose intolerant :D

      • Right. And let’s not forget those pesky
        vegans who cannot stomach any of this :)

    • @ Robert
      This is one of the first times I’ve dissagreed with a comment of yours.
      Based on the amount of craziness that’s ensued since Disney acquired LucasFilm I actually think the publics appetite for a new Star Wars film/films was underestimated.
      Since the announcement 5 or so months ago I’ve seen and heard more talk about Star Wars than anything else Pop Culture related. Granted, Internet comment boards and web chatter in general is only a small sample of the movie going public but IMO if Marvel can brand a team of SuperHeros that were mostly 2nd teir before Phase 1 into one of the biggest franchises in cinema history, I have no doubt that Disney/LucasFilm can do the same with Star Wars… Again.
      Cheers, my friend…

      • I’ll gladly take you, Kevin, agreeing with me most of the time.
        I never could bat a thousand :) It’s just my fallible initial impression.
        And I do hope I am wrong, actually. I certainly am not rooting for failure.

  15. Every year is not enough. I would watch two a year or more just like with Marvel. Keep them coming and go into detail about how the Jedi formed and the sith rose from the beginning as well. Before Yoda, before it all, and the future of the galaxy far, far, away.

  16. Whenever I read or hear someone say that a movie or series of films is nothing but a cash grab I have to laugh.
    Every movie ever made is a cash grab.
    Studios don’t invest hundreds of millions of dollars in movies just for the heck of it.

    • You have to realize that there’s a lot of dumb people on the Internet.

  17. Will the movies have DLC also?

    (P.S. You have to be a gamer to get this “joke”)

    • Most likely, it will be micro-transactions.

  18. Disney bought Star wars for 4 billions, so they will make every year one movie to take they money back… They think maybe that every star wars movie will make over 1 billion with the 3D…they need 4 billions from the movies and then they will make profits with the rest

  19. Awesome I ready for another Star Wars. I just hope it’s good!

  20. I seriously hope they do Grand Admiral Thrawn. By far the best books from the EU.

  21. Talk about overkill

    • I think the word overkill is soooo overkill.

  22. I’m down for this. I mean look what they are doing with Marvel. They release two friggin Marvel films per year and all of them are pretty good and will get better when Phase II begins. Its the same with Star Wars. Disney just bought this franchise for 4 billion, do you really think they are going to turn this into crap. They got JJ Abrams on episode 7 and possibly others, Zack Snyder is rumored along with Alfonso Curan. Pretty great filmakers if you ask me. Disney knows what they are doing. And come on, there is no way they can be worse than episodes I and II.

  23. I want a film or tv series set inbetween episodes 3 and 4 all about Darth Vader and his reign of the empire

    • YYYEEESSS!!! Thank you. Finally someone agrees with me. I think a TV series would be better because then you can give out cliff hangers. Drama and action would of course both be present. I wish Disney would at least let me do a TV series (live action though) because I already have it written.


    • that said i will probably go see all of them anyway…

  25. i’d rather have all energy put into the episodes every few years. the inbetween movies will be lacking.

  26. Personally, I can never get enough Star Wars, so bring it on! One movie every year sounds good, could turn out to be a bit much, but lets wait and see. It sure is exciting, I’ll give them that!

  27. It sounds like they are going in a lot of directions all at the same time with the Episodes and standalones. My concern is that the different filmmakers will not be on the same page and then you have the continuity nightmare like the X-Men franchise at Fox.

  28. I think making small movies about the life of the main charters are a good idea but I dont think making a ep 7 is going to be a smart move. I am a BIG Star Wars fan and yea sad when I thought it was over but when you make an ep after one that was made a long time ago it just wont make much sence. Yea the actors will be older if you use the same people but what if they dont agree to it? Then you will have a new one playing a char from the old one and it just wont seem right. I think its over kill. People will lose intrest and just will say ENOUGH if its done too many times. I say just make one on the life of Yoda, Luke, Leia, Han Solo, and maybe some of the ones in the ep 1-3 and leave it at that.

    • I disagree with you. If episodes 7-9 are based, at least in part, on the EU books, then the movies will make a lot of sense.

      • Not to the casual audience.