Disney Plans New Star Wars Film Every Summer Beginning in 2015

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Beginning with the much-discussed premiere of director J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII in 2015, Disney will deliver a Star Wars film every summer, alternating between the new trilogy and the spinoffs, ComingSoon reports.

The studio made the announcement today at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, confirming a summer release for Episode VII. Disney, which last week began laying off 150 people in its film division, is clearly leaning heavily on recent acquisitions Marvel and Lucasfilm, loading its slate with their superhero and sci-fi fare. Summer 2015 alone will see the release of Joss Whedon’s The Avengers 2 and Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII. The studio hasn’t revealed a specific date for the latter, nor has it said how many standalone movies it plans.

However, Disney CEO Robert Iger confirmed in February that the studio is developing “a few standalone films [...] derived from great Star Wars characters that are not part of the overall saga,” saying the would be released “roughly over a six-year period” beginning in 2015 with the debut of Episode VII, and ending in 2021. If that timeline holds up, it would mean there are four spinoff movies, at least for starters.

Unconfirmed reports indicate the first two will focus on Boba Fett and a young Han Solo. Screenwriters Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi) and Simon Kinberg (X-Men: The Last Stand, Sherlock Holmes) are working on the spinoffs while consulting with Abrams on Episode VII.

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  • batGRRRl4ever

    After the sheer dreck that was the prequel trilogy with Pre-Darth Anakin, I have NO interest in ever revisiting the Star Wars universe again. I highly doubt I will ever go to see any of these future films.

  • vpuik

    It’ll be a while before I get tired of Star Wars movies. Keep ‘em coming!

  • Garth Algar

    Wow! They’re sure salivating at the thought of all the revenue. “Get that machine up and running! We’ve got a bunch of crappy movies to crank out!”

  • Alfredo Wilson

    I mostly feel where you’re coming from. ( Just looking at the picture at the top of this page filled my with such disappointment) But this has new people in charge so they have the possibility of being good. Though really they should remake the prequel trilogy before doing anything else. lol

  • batGRRRl4ever

    Let’s see, Disney, the maker of Mickey Mouse, takes over the SW franchise. I suspect Jar-Jar Binks to get a SUBSTANTIALLY raised profile for the slew of sequels, lol.

  • Alfredo Wilson

    lol we have to try and have more faith in humanity than that.

  • gadjitfreek

    Bring it on. There can never be too much Star Wars. Do it right, though, stay true to canon. Had Lucas did that the prequels would have been much better.

  • Chet Manley

    Yeah, because EVERY Disney movie is full of kids appeal characters. Wait a minute, they’re not, and even Bucky Barnes, who started in the comics as one of the defining kids appeal characters wasn’t made into one in the Captain America films

    They didn’t fuck Marvel up, they won’t fuck star wars up

  • EVH

    You say that now, 2 years from now you’ll be first in line buying tickets

  • Dandru

    In other words, you have embarrassingly little knowledge of Disney’s history, or of the current Star Wars ownership situation. What’s more, you’re full of crap and will definitely be there to see them all.

  • http://twitter.com/jxc Justin Copp

    You know Disney put out Trainspotting and Pulp Fiction, right?

  • batGRRRl4ever

    Well you seem “full of crap” with your attitude in general, IMO. Rude much? And NO, I’m not going to see them. You see, for some of us when we say something we actually mean it, and even follow through on it. Might be an alien concept, but there you go.

  • Thomas Foltz

    It is funny to see people say they won’t go see the film or say it is going to suck, and everyone who has said this and has seen the previous films will be there, and they know they will. They will see every one of them.

  • batGRRRl4ever

    How many ways do I have to explain that I thought that prequel trilogy was absolute….well, there’s no positive comment I can give. I only saw it for free on tv, I never went to the theater to pay to see any of them. Further I actually did exclaim after watching the second film on tv, “Well that’s two hours of my life I’m never getting back”.

    So does that actually sound like to you someone who is going to see these films? They are done out, the last trilogy was terrible. Heck, even Return of the Jedi was running on fumes during the second half of it. I don’t have kids, so NO, emphatically, I have no interest in ever seeing ANYTHING with the words ‘Star Wars’ in it for the rest of my life (except for the LEGO cartoons, those are cute). Thank you.

  • christopher

    stop lying to yourself. You know damn well youll be in the movie theatre when the new one goes out. Fucking haters these days..

  • Threat

    I agree the prequels were awful (I actually skipped the 3rd one, which was supposedly the best of the 3, due to the first 2 being so bad), but I find it hard to believe Disney will make any that would be worse or as bad. I lost interest like you, but I will give these a chance as I think it will bring the franchise back.

  • Jay

    I think all the movies could be a toss up between good, bad, or horrible-depending on whether the story-lines have enough “star wars” entertainment value or not

  • Jay

    and how well their made

  • http://www.facebook.com/victor.vanpelt.3 Victor Van Pelt

    wow you seem so angry, did your parents throw away your star wars figures?

  • Jay

    star wars did have “some” interesting books between some of the movie “timelines” And star wars movies were cutting out of some star wars history between Revenge of the Sith and star wars A New Hope and the storyline of how jedi and sith came to have their history

  • Jay

    as for star wars 7-I don’t know what to think of it

  • Jay

    revenge of the sith was botched though

  • http://www.facebook.com/grosser.bruder1 Grosser Bruder

    :’( I’ll be crying with shame every minute…

  • Statingtheobvious

    Did you or did you not see Episode 3? If you did, even after the shame of Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones you went and saw it. Therefore, we all have no belief that you will actually stay away. Bring it on!

  • http://twitter.com/AndrewHemerenK Andrew H. Kuharevicz

    more star wars movies the better. Even if it’s not very good well who cares. I shall complain after I watch it many many times.

  • Atomic Kommie Comics

    Captain America: the FIrst Avenger was in pre-production with a script (including Bucky) in 2008, before the Marvel takeover in 2010.

  • http://www.facebook.com/MadShepard Rob Heckman

    please don’t suck, please don’t suck, please don’t suck….

  • http://www.facebook.com/MadShepard Rob Heckman

    also, judging by your emphatic and excessive denial here, you’re going an aweful long way out of your way to argue about it. so, clearly…we’ll see you at the movies :) although i feel your pain…the most recent trilogy was pretty bad.