STAR WARS EPISODE VII Spring/Summer 2015 Release Date Confirmed? Plus, Darth Vader-Themed TV Specials Coming

     October 18, 2013

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With Disney remaining tight-lipped about developments on their upcoming projects (especially anything Star Wars and Marvel related), we’ve had to resort to some unusual sources of information.  Enter today’s morsel: a brochure from Disney’s presentation at the European Brand Licensing Show.  In addition to announcements for a Star Wars Mobile LEGO game and a Star Wars Digital Library due to launch next year, there’s also an apparent confirmation of the release date of Star Wars Episode VII in the Spring/Summer of 2015.  Oh, and there’s a mention of some upcoming Darth Vader-themed TV specials that might interest you.  Hit the jump for much, much more.

Star Wars Darth VaderHere’s the latest schedule for Disney’s upcoming projects, courtesy of the European Brand Licensing Show (via Jedi News):

This is a page from the Disney brochure given out to the attendees of the European Brand Licensing Show. This is the detailed current calendar plan from Disney for the Star Wars brand. Plenty of little bits of info that will stir much debate and discussion:

  • Star Wars Mobile LEGO games following on from successful app releases of the Batman and Harry Potter platform ports. Coming in Spring / Summer 2014.
  • A Star Wars Digital Library is to launch in Autumn / Winter 2014.
  • Confirmation that the plan remains for Star Wars Episode VII to be released in the Spring / Summer of 2015.
  • But perhaps the most surprising, exciting and fast approaching news is the release of “Darth Vader Themed TV Specials.”

These are just the announcements that Jedi News singled out, but the image below also mentions some Star Wars crossover projects with LEGO, Phineas & Ferb and Angry Birds, plus plans for a Jedi Training Academy at Disney parks.  As for the Darth Vader specials, there are no details at the moment, but we can certainly speculate as to what they might be about.  We’ve already seen his origin story and his demise.  Things get a bit fuzzy in Vader’s timeline when it comes to his rise to power, so perhaps a TV special will explore that era a bit more.  Maybe the powers that be will take another run at a Star Wars Holiday Special.  Fingers crossed!

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