Beginning with the much-discussed premiere of director J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII in 2015, Disney will deliver a Star Wars film every summer, alternating between the new trilogy and the spinoffs, ComingSoon reports.
The studio made the announcement today at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, confirming a summer release for Episode VII. Disney, which last week began laying off 150 people in its film division, is clearly leaning heavily on recent acquisitions Marvel and Lucasfilm, loading its slate with their superhero and sci-fi fare. Summer 2015 alone will see the release of Joss Whedon’s The Avengers 2 and Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII. The studio hasn’t revealed a specific date for the latter, nor has it said how many standalone movies it plans.
However, Disney CEO Robert Iger confirmed in February that the studio is developing “a few standalone films […] derived from great Star Wars characters that are not part of the overall saga,” saying the would be released “roughly over a six-year period” beginning in 2015 with the debut of Episode VII, and ending in 2021. If that timeline holds up, it would mean there are four spinoff movies, at least for starters.
Unconfirmed reports indicate the first two will focus on Boba Fett and a young Han Solo. Screenwriters Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi) and Simon Kinberg (X-Men: The Last Stand, Sherlock Holmes) are working on the spinoffs while consulting with Abrams on Episode VII.