Is everyone ready for a surplus of “Star Wars” movies? That’s what we’re facing in the wake of an announcement from new Lucasfilm parent company Disney during their presentation at CinemaCon, the Las Vegas convention for theater owners. According to the House of Mouse, we can expect a new “Star Wars” movie every summer starting in 2015.
Disney, of course, wouldn’t elaborate on the release schedule, other than that the number installments of a new trilogy would hit theaters every other year starting the J.J. Abrams-directed “Episode VII” two summers from now. That leaves, of course, the intervening years for the much-whispered-about standalone films, the subjects of which have yet to be officially confirmed.
With the summers of 2015, 2017, and 2019 already planned, what could we be seeing in 2016, 2018 and beyond? These are the possibilities that we know of so far.
“Seven Samurai: Star Wars Edition”
Vulture reported back in January that while “Man of Steel” director Zack Snyder was not interested in “Episode VII,” he was, in fact, developing a film set in the universe, a reimagining of Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai.” A rep for Snyder immediately shot down the reports to The Hollywood Reporter, but Vulture, which has a good track record for accuracy, stood by its report, and we haven’t heard a word since.
About a month later, Harry Knowles at Ain’t It Cool, a site that rose to fame during the infancy of the prequel trilogy, reported that the first spinoff would follow the pint-size Jedi master Yoda. There were no additional details about when the film would take place in the chronology of the series, but it was the rumor that started a small avalanche of talk about standalone films based on preexisting characters from the “Star Wars” universe.
Boba Fett and Young Han Solo
Two days after the Yoda rumor surfaced, Entertainment Weekly cited “several sources close to the projects” when it claimed that films about both Boba Fett and a young Han Solo were also in development, both confirming the hopes of fanboys everywhere and upsetting hardcore fans of the original trilogy. The article’s author, Anthony Breznican, tweeted that his report did not negate the Yoda talk from earlier, insisting that many standalone films were already in development.
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