The Force will be with "Star Wars" fans every summer starting in 2015. During a presentation at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn announced the studio's plan to roll out a new "Star Wars" movie every year starting with the release of "Episode VII" in 2015.
This news aligns itself with what has already been revealed about [article id="1701447"]Disney's plans[/article] for the "Star Wars" franchise. When the Mouse House acquired Lucasfilm Limited back in October, the company said fans should expect a new "Star Wars" movie "every two to three years." According to Horn, "Star Wars: Episode VII" will be released in summer 2015, "Episode VIII" will come out in summer 2017 and "Episode IX" will hit theaters in summer 2019.
Alternating between those releases will be [article id="1701447"]"Star Wars" spin-off films[/article]. "We expect to have pictures derived from that universe," Horn said during the CinemaCon announcement, with one spin-off released in 2016 and a second in 2018. Simon Kinberg and "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back" screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan will write the two "Star Wars" films as stories separate from the sequel trilogy.
It has not yet been confirmed if the two spin-off films will tell the stories of [article id="1701496"]Boba Fett and young Han Solo[/article], as had previously been rumored. There had also been a report that [article id="1700164"]Zack Snyder[/article] would write a spin-off "Star Wars" movie "loosely based on Akira Kurosawa's 1954 classic 'Seven Samurai,' " though he has since [article id="1700193"]denied those claims[/article].
[article id="1700760"]J.J. Abrams[/article] has been tapped to direct "Star Wars: Episode VII," which is written by Michael Arndt. [article id="1704247"]Abrams recently opened up[/article] about his approach to the movie during an interview with Empire.
"We're just getting started," he 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.' "
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