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Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn announced during CinemaCon (the convention for National Association of Theater Owners) that there will be a new Star Wars movie every year starting in 2015. It seems that Vader was right -the ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force.
The plan is to roll out Star Wars VII in the summer of 2015, Episode VIII in 2017, and Episode IX in 2019. Meanwhile, between each episode will be a spinoff film in 2016 and 2018. There are no confirmations yet what the spinoffs will be about, but Horn went on to say, “We expect to have pictures derived from that universe.”
As mentioned in earlier news, J.J. Abrams will direct Episode VII, and Oscar winner Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, Little Miss Sunshine, and most recently Oblivion, the Hunger Games: Catching Fire) will write the screenplay. Quoted by MTV News, “We’re just getting started,” Arndt said. “There are infinitely more questions than answers right now, but to me, [‘Star Wars’ and ‘Star Trek’ are] not that dissimilar. Though I came at these both from very different places, where they both meet is a place of ‘Ooh, that’s really exciting.’ And even though I was never a ‘Star Trek’ fan, I felt like there was a version of it that would make me excited, that I would think ‘That’s cool, that feels right, I actually would want to see that.'”
Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi), along with Simon Kinberg will be the screenwriters for the spinoffs. In an interview with Hero Complex earlier this year, Kasdan said, “I’m trying to start fresh. There are certain pleasures that we think the saga can bring to people that they’ve been missing, and we’re hoping to bring them that, and at the same time, have them feel that it’s all new.”
When asked to comment, Jedi Master Yoda was heard saying, “Always in motion is the future. With you may the force be.”