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New ‘Star Wars’ movies every year starting in 2015

- April 17th, 2013

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So, good news if you’re a Star Wars fan. Disney has revealed it has big plans in store for the franchise.

Starting with 2015′s Episode VII, the company is planning a new film every year for at least five years.

Disney made the announcement at CinemaCon earlier today. The plan will see the company alternate between a new trilogy of films being kickstarted by J.J. Abrams and various spinoff pictures.

In February, Disney announced plans for standalone films focusing on a young Han Solo and Boba Fett.

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In addition to the Solo and Fett films, Ain’t it Cool reported that a standalone Yoda film is also in the works.

Episode VII will hit theatres in the summer of 2015 along with Avengers 2. So it will definitely be a busy summer for Disney, which owns both properties.

Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3) is writing the screenplay for Episode VII, with Empire Strikes Back scribe, Lawrence Kasdan, and Simon Kinsberg (Sherlock Holmes, X-Men: Days of Future Past) writing the other two instalments.

Is this Star Wars overload or movie-going heaven? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Disney plans Han Solo and Boba Fett ‘Star Wars’ spin-offs

- February 6th, 2013

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Earlier this week, Disney announced that in addition to a new Star Wars trilogy, they plan on releasing a series of spin-off films as well.

Chief Executive Officer Robert Iger confirmed that Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi) is scripting one of the films, with Simon Kinberg developing another.

Entertainment Weekly is now reporting that the proposed spin-off films will focus on Han Solo and Boba Fett.

According to EW.com, the film focusing on Han Solo will be set between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope.

Solo, who was played by Harrison Ford in the films, has an extensive history outside of the film cannon. The character had his own prequel story told in The Han Solo Trilogy.

Solo’s adventures post-Return of the Jedi were also recounted in a series of books in which his son becomes a Sith lord.

Because the film would be following Solo as a younger man, it’s unlikely Harrison Ford would turn up unless writers toss a time travel curveball into the mix.

The Boba Fett spin-off is set to take place between Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

Like Solo, Fett has an extensive storyline outside of his film appearances. The character pops up in The Clone Wars television program and stars in his own series of books.

Because of the timeframe of the proposed sequels, fans should expect to see Chewbacca, Darth Vader and Jabba the Hut in some capacity.

In addition to the Solo and Fett films, Ain’t it Cool reported that a standalone Yoda film is also in the works.

No release date for the spin-offs have been announced, but Oscar-winner Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3) is currently writing Episode VII, with J. J. Abrams directing.

That film is scheduled to hit theaters in 2015.