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Disney Plans New Star Wars Every Year
From 2015...

18 April 2013  |  Written by James White  

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With Disney boss Alan Horn taking the stage at CinemaCon to talk up the company’s slate of films for 2013 and beyond, we naturally wondered if he’d bring up Star Wars. Of course, he did just that, essentially promising J.J. Abrams’ Episode VII for 2015 (even if the director himself has said he wasn’t quite as locked into the timetable) and then going on to say that the Mouse House plans to release a Star Wars film every year from 2015.

Confirming earlier chatter about the films, which are being developed by Simon Kinberg and Lawrence Kasdan, Horn said the plan is to slot the standalones – which will draw from the deep pool of characters in the Star Wars universe and may explore new ones too – in between entries in the new trilogy, essentially promising a movie every year until at least 2020 and possibly until the heat death of the universe.

While there are concerns about keeping the quality up and franchise overkill, Disney certainly appears confident that it can deliver, and Kasdan in particular is an old hand at writing great Wars films, so we’ll keep an open mind.

Episode VII, meanwhile, appears ready (though no official word has arrived yet) to reunite Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher in some capacity, even if Horn wouldn’t be drawn on the specifics. From the sounds of it, the force will be with us for a while yet…


What do you think about the prospect of a yearly Star Wars outing?
Awesome! The more, the merrier!
I've got a bad feeling about this.
These aren't the movies we're looking for.
The Ewoks are coming! The Ewoks are coming!
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P.S. Young Adult star, Twitter hero and all-round super geek Patton Oswalt appeared on US sitcom Parks And Recreation recently, delivering perhaps the nerdiest filibuster ever filibustered. Take a look at it below, and try not to get too excited about his plans for Star Wars: Episode VII...

P.P.S. Entertainment Weekly asked artist Jef Castro make a poster for Oswalt's planned project, and you can check it out below.

P.P.P.S. Harrison Ford is perhaps the funniest he's ever been in this Jimmy Fallon Star Wars skit. Watch it and prepare to laugh your midi-chlorians off.


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Your Comments

Skeptical? just skip it.
Why would Disney NOT do this? and who really cares if they do? If you love the original 3 and hate the prequels or vice-versa or whatever, then just don't go see the new movies. It's really just that simple. Why waste your time saying Disney this and corporate money-grabbing that? Disney and Lucasfilm will deliver good product and if you really don't want your 'childhood raped' (what does that even mean?) then just stay at home with your Beta-Max copies of the original trilogy. More

Posted by pedrofandango at 13:17 on 13 May 2013 | Report This Post

'Nothing To See Here. Rubbish. Move Along.' *sweats*
I can quite happily sit through the Star Wars prequels (as I grew up with the originals I perhaps gravitate more towards them, however). I wonder whether their Hegelian dialectic / problem-reaction-solution throughline was their TRUE critical undoing...? More

Posted by Litshttam at 00:27 on 22 April 2013 | Report This Post

Mistake
Thats The Jimmy Kimmel show Ford is on, not Fallon..come on Empire More

Posted by Zimbo at 03:39 on 21 April 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Less Is More
I'm actually more worried that they may be rushing episode 7. Notice how dead-set they are on 2015. How about actually making sure you've got a really good script, before going ahead and cornering yourself into a release date? That was the first mistake with Alien 3. More

Posted by Mr Gittes at 17:06 on 20 April 2013 | Report This Post

The Force
I think the whole Star Wars focus should be about the force and then in turn the Jedi and sith religion and ethos, training etc. Knights of the Old Republic would be amazing, easily do a trilogy out of that. The pc games are amazing. It would delve into the force, take time to show how a Jedi really trains and build a light sabre. The Darth Bane saga would be nice after that and even though there are two books that could easily make three films. Forget the characters we know since it More

Posted by DicksterBarts at 21:17 on 18 April 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Less Is More
L: BenTramer Darth Maul could definitely do with his own movie. He was criminally wasted in The Phantom Menace. I think Disney are going to follow the X-Men template, you had three X-Men movies and then offshoots like X-Men Origins: Wolverine and X-Men: First Class. The Star Wars prequels did unnecessarily dilute what went before and you don't want that happening to a greater extent. I'd hate to feel bored when a new Star Wars movie opened. Less is more. – you should always be left want More

Posted by Axel Foley at 17:47 on 18 April 2013 | Report This Post

RE: New Hollywood is all about Overkill
L: jmebaby25 L: tjhyman So this is what our decade has become? The Hobbit turned into 3 movies, Marvel and all its many branches of superhero movies, and Disney taking a page out of Marvel's book and dreaming up an unlimited supply of Star Wars movies till the end of time! This does make me worry a little, and though I'd be very much looking forward to a new trilogy by JJ Abrams, I'm not interested in all branched off characters with their own films, which is obviously jus More

Posted by AxlReznor at 17:09 on 18 April 2013 | Report This Post

RE: New Hollywood is all about Overkill
L: tjhyman So this is what our decade has become? The Hobbit turned into 3 movies, Marvel and all its many branches of superhero movies, and Disney taking a page out of Marvel's book and dreaming up an unlimited supply of Star Wars movies till the end of time! This does make me worry a little, and though I'd be very much looking forward to a new trilogy by JJ Abrams, I'm not interested in all branched off characters with their own films, which is obviously just for the extra box of More

Posted by jmebaby25 at 16:48 on 18 April 2013 | Report This Post

I'm in.
Given how much they paid for it, was anyone expecting Disney to sit on their hands about this? This news blows the doors open on what we can expect from Star Wars movies now - there'll be the main 'Episodes", with a stand alone in between each, and those stand alones might turn out to be the most interesting of the lot if they treat them as a creative playground for up and coming writers/directors with a passion for a particular character/era in the Star Wars universe. More

Posted by sowasred2012 at 16:13 on 18 April 2013 | Report This Post

New Hollywood is all about Overkill
So this is what our decade has become? The Hobbit turned into 3 movies, Marvel and all its many branches of superhero movies, and Disney taking a page out of Marvel's book and dreaming up an unlimited supply of Star Wars movies till the end of time! This does make me worry a little, and though I'd be very much looking forward to a new trilogy by JJ Abrams, I'm not interested in all branched off characters with their own films, which is obviously just for the extra box office cash. I can't wai More

Posted by tjhyman at 15:15 on 18 April 2013 | Report This Post

WE NEED A MIRACLE
Star wars is dead thanks to Lucas, it really will take a miracle to bring it back from it's cold, dark grave. Im not interested really after the last abominations, will watch it on dvd probably but Im not very hopeful that it will be any good More

Posted by Gram Woods at 14:52 on 18 April 2013 | Report This Post

Bring 'em on..
Clone Wars cartoons were best thing SW since 83 and had some great stand alone eps.. shame they're stopping for now. More

Posted by fuzzydunl0p at 14:33 on 18 April 2013 | Report This Post

Re: The question is...why?
Are you serious? Star Wars isn't high art, it's the original merchandising opportunity. Disney wouldn't have bought it unless there were billions to be made out of SW fans. There are losers out there who will buy a dog turd as long as it has a picture of Admiral Ackbar on it. Money is why ... the answer is always 'money.' More

Posted by Nicky C at 13:57 on 18 April 2013 | Report This Post

Enough already!!!
There's no way this can work -- if you expect the movies to have a story and not being a mere SFX commercial like Bay's Transforminators. Plus, it's A GOOD THING to wait three years for every new installment. More

Posted by kielerkai at 13:34 on 18 April 2013 | Report This Post

If Marvel can, why not Star Wars?
Marvel serves us one or sometimes two movies per year, and isn't that the same thing? As long as they're good I surely don't have a problem with it. More

Posted by raquo at 13:09 on 18 April 2013 | Report This Post

Star Wars Overload
I'm a big Star Wars fan as much as the next guy, but I fear a Star Wars Overload. Is there such a thing as having too much Star Wars? Too much of something wont make it as exciting! More

Posted by fraser1978 at 13:02 on 18 April 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Disney Plans New Star Wars Every Year
Got to milk that cash cow for all it's worth considering the ridiculous amount of money they paid Mr Lucas for it. More

Posted by Discodez at 12:38 on 18 April 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Disney Plans New Star Wars Every Year
Please apply for a job at Disney - I love you and I want to have your Ewoks More

Posted by Dr Science at 12:29 on 18 April 2013 | Report This Post

Hasn't disney ever heard of 'too much of a good thing'? Proof that they're a company no longer run by 'visionaries' and in stead run by corporate heads. I didn't mind the prequel universe, clone wars ecterea, but if disney has its way (which it will) they'll dilute the mythos of the whole series into a milky, tepid stew. If there's one company who knows how to dry out a franchise, it's disney. More

Posted by astoroth at 12:29 on 18 April 2013 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
Well yeah, you're right.. :D So they would just have to use the same strategy then and find the right people for the job. More

Posted by Chronicle at 12:29 on 18 April 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Disney Plans New Star Wars Every Year
Hopefully they'll finally complete the "Ewok Trilogy". After the brilliant "Caravan of Courage" and the darker yet artistically superior "Battle for Endor" , they can finally put into production "Ewoks: The return of Wicket". With Hamill, Fisher and Ford locked in it's only a matter of time before they manage to entice Warwick Davis back to his signature role. A role only ever equalled in my humble opinion when he starred in "Leprechaun 4: In Space"! A role criminally overlo More

Posted by Okester at 12:20 on 18 April 2013 | Report This Post

RE:
L: Chronicle I think this could work if they find qualified people.. Marvel did it so why couldn't mega-rich Disney do it isney already did it since they own Marvel. More

Posted by ogbg at 11:52 on 18 April 2013 | Report This Post

New Trilogy Yes! New Films Constantly...No!
Well if they can make a decent trilogy again then I'm up for it with the three movies being released every few years, until the trilogy is over. However loads of new movies in between that is just too much, I fear now Disney have got their claws into Lucasfilm that they will cause bitter damage. More

Posted by Andy1986 at 11:05 on 18 April 2013 | Report This Post

This isn't LOTR
I can only assume that someone from Disney is focussed on replicating the yearly treat that was the LOTR trilogy - forgetting that the trilogy actually existed in literary form first and the same strategy shouldn't be applied to something that needs a fresh concep t/ story... More

Posted by miawallace85 at 10:34 on 18 April 2013 | Report This Post

This isn't LOTR
I can only assume that someone from Disney is focussed on replicating the yearly treat that was the LOTR trilogy - forgetting that the trilogy actually existed in literary form first and the same strategy shouldn't be applied to something that needs a fresh concep t/ story... More

Posted by miawallace85 at 10:24 on 18 April 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Quality
Feel a bit like the South Park kids did on the Indiana Jones episode. More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 10:15 on 18 April 2013 | Report This Post

Quality
The only thing I would say to the doubters is Star Wars is the very example that defies the quality over quantity rule...6 films in 36 years and I think there is some doubt over the quality of at least 3 of those. I'm all for a film that finally does justice to the original trilogy...all of us fans know that film is there and I hope JJ can deliver it. More

Posted by echofalls at 10:08 on 18 April 2013 | Report This Post

what's the big hurry?
I can understand what the commercial rationale would be for this strategy - an annual event = guaranteed revenue. But I don't see a good creative rationale for this timetable - and that is what makes me nervous. Doing it well is much more important than doing it fast and often (tht's what my wife tells me anyway....) More

Posted by Dr Science at 09:57 on 18 April 2013 | Report This Post

I think this could work if they find qualified people.. Marvel did it so why couldn't mega-rich Disney do it More

Posted by Chronicle at 09:50 on 18 April 2013 | Report This Post

I know some characters have been wasted, that doesn't mean I want a 2 hour movie about them. More

Posted by chris wootton at 09:18 on 18 April 2013 | Report This Post

Standalone Han
My only surprise is that this didn't happen years ago...Star Wars was always the franchise that could have been exploited more on the big screen than it was. And thereby hangs the regret...that Han Solo and Chewbacca film that will never get made that would surely have kicked all kinds of ass. And by that I mean Harrison Ford...of course. More

Posted by echofalls at 09:13 on 18 April 2013 | Report This Post

Major Star Wars overkill
In the (recently added for no apparent reason) words of Vader: Nooooooooooooooo!!!!!! More

Posted by Goverch at 08:53 on 18 April 2013 | Report This Post

RE: The question is...why?
L: The Watcher Pray that the Chinese take over and bring an end to the corporate evil of Disney. 'd much rather Disney have control than Lucas. The last decent thing he was responsible for was Empire Strikes Back - and didn't write it or direct it. Disney have done a great job with the Marvel films and if they approach this franchise in the same way it's in good hands. So far we've nothing to complain about. They've got JJ Abrams directing, Michael Arndt writing and HAN SOLO IS IN IT. A More

Posted by jmebaby25 at 08:16 on 18 April 2013 | Report This Post

Less Is More
Darth Maul could definitely do with his own movie. He was criminally wasted in The Phantom Menace. I think Disney are going to follow the X-Men template, you had three X-Men movies and then offshoots like X-Men Origins: Wolverine and X-Men: First Class. The Star Wars prequels did unnecessarily dilute what went before and you don't want that happening to a greater extent. I'd hate to feel bored when a new Star Wars movie opened. Less is more. More

Posted by BenTramer at 07:34 on 18 April 2013 | Report This Post

The question is...why?
Pray that the Chinese take over and bring an end to the corporate evil of Disney. More

Posted by The Watcher at 01:20 on 18 April 2013 | Report This Post

Disney has a history of over confidence....
Remember all those god awful straight to DVD sequels they churned out? Now imagine that happening to Star Wars...... More

Posted by davidkclark at 00:20 on 18 April 2013 | Report This Post


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