Get used to hearing "Star Wars" rumors. Information about the next "Star Wars" franchise will continue to trickle out for the next six years, as Disney CEO Bob Iger has announced that a new film will come out every year between 2015 and 2019. And you can guarantee that Disney will generate hype and mystique around every single one.
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.
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