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Prepare yourselves for several return trips to a galaxy far far away. During CinemaCon, going on right now in Las Vegas, the mammoth conglomeration that is Disney/Lucasfilm announced that starting very soon, we won't have to wait too long to warp from one 'Star Wars' adventure to the next. As you all probably know by now, J.J. Abrams will be helming 'Star Wars: Episode VII,' which is set to be released in 2015. Also, there has been more than a little discussion about the various spin-offs that are being planned which will stand apart from the new trilogy. Disney/Lucasfilm confirmed at CinemaCon that their plan is to release one new 'Star Wars' film every summer starting in 2015. These annual releases will alternate between the episodic films and the standalone movies.
So why is this big news? Obviously Disney bought Lucasfilm in order to capitalize on the 'Star Wars' name, so why is their plan to release a new movie every summer such a development? First of all, this directly counters what we had previously heard regarding the release schedule of the 'Star Wars' films. It was formerly held that Disney/Lucasfilm would be releasing two to three new movies every single year starting in 2015. I actually think one movie every summer is the better option. At first glance, it may seem like it'll yield fewer new films, but we never knew in the first place how many years they were going to maintain that two-to-three film schedule. So under this just-announced plan we may ultimately end up with, many years from now, the same number of new 'Star Wars' films as previously thought. I really like that they are spacing out the episodic stuff and the spin-offs, and there's a part of me that can't help but get excited about the idea looking forward to a new 'Star Wars' movie every summer; like being a kid! Of course, all of this is going to hinge on the artists chosen to helm the individual films. Inevitably, there will be a variance in quality with this many cinematic entries, but the opportunities to expand the iconic universe is more than a little enticing.
What do you guys think? Are you happy we'll be getting a new 'Star Wars' movie every summer starting in 2015? Do you like the idea of alternating episodic and standalone films?