Disney and Lucasfilm confirmed today that Star Wars: Episode VII will be released in the summer of 2015. They also announced that every summer following that will see the release of a Star Wars film, alternating with one of the standalone films. That means Episodes VIII and IX will reach theaters in the summers of 2017 and 2019, respectively.
The announcements were made at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. There was no mention of how many standalone films Disney plans to make, or whether they will create Tell Me More!
Since the announcement that Disney had acquired Lucasfilm and planned to make new Star Wars movies, rumors have persisted that the original stars of the 1977 film would return to reprise their iconic roles. So, will we see Han, Luke, and Leia in Star Wars Episode VII? George Lucas says there's a good possibility we will.
Lucas sat down for an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek where he confirmed that (before the Disney deal) he had completed the outlines for 3 new Star Wars films, and had Tell Me More!
When Disney announced that they were purchasing Lucasfilm and planned to create a new series of Star Wars movies rumors began to swirl about who would be chosen to direct the first film. Those rumors were usually met with prompt denials. One of those came only one month ago when J.J. Abrams told Empire magazine that he turned down the opportunity to direct Star Wars Episode VII, citing his loyalty to the Star Trek franchise. But today, The Wrap is reporting that Abrams has apparently had a change Tell Me More!
Since the announcement in October that Disney would purchase Lucasfilm and make another Star Wars film, rumors have circulated that J.J. Abrams was at the top of a short list of directors for the project. Now, the Lost creator and Star Trek director has confirmed that those rumors were true.
In an interview with Empire magazine, Abrams says that he had "very early conversations" with Kathleen Kennedy (George Lucas’s hand-picked successor) about being involved with Star Wars: Episode VII. Tell Me More!