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April 17, 2013 at 08:32 PM EDT

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
Wide Release Date
12/18/15
performer
Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher
director
J.J. Abrams
genre
Sci-fi and Fantasy

Confirming a strategy of aggressive franchise expansion, Disney announced today at CinemaCon that they are planning to release a new Star Wars movie every year, starting with the J.J. Abrams-powered Episode VII in summer 2015. The plan is to release a standalone spinoff the following year — probably one of the projects focusing on Boba Fett or Young Han Solo — and alternate between numerals and spinoffs from there.

Assuming the films are successful, this means the total number of Star Wars films will nearly double by summer 2019. Presumably, Disney is hoping that each of the spinoffs will form their own franchises, much like X-Men and The Avengers.

There’s still no word on who might be working on the non-trilogy spinoffs, which means there’s still hope for the rumored Zack Snyder-Seven Space Samurai spinoff, not to mention the Terrence Malick spinoff about Hutts copulating in a rainforest, which is a rumor I just started.

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