Get ready for a whole lot of Star Wars, folks. Disney took the stage today for its presentation at CinemaCon—a convention for theater owners—in Las Vegas, and the studio made the bold announcement that it is planning on releasing a new Star Wars film into theaters every summer starting with 2015’s Star Wars: Episode VII. The studio will alternate every other year with an “Episode” film and a standalone film, and based on previous rumors there certainly won’t be a lack of characters for them to mine. Hit the jump for more.
Earlier this month, we reported that Lawrence Kasdan (Return of the Jedi) and Simon Kinberg (This Means War) were attached to write screenplays for Star Wars Episode VIII and IX, respectively (Toy Story 3 scribe Michard Arndt is writing Episode VII). However, it turns out that this news may have jumped the blaster on what Kasdan and Kinberg are working on for Lucasfilm.
Hit the jump for how Kasdan and Kinberg could be involved in Star Wars spin-offs. Star Wars: Episode VII is due out in 2015.
If you thought we’d be heading into the Thanksgiving holiday without one more Star Wars rumor for the road, you’d be wrong. Michael Arndt was recently confirmed as the screenwriter for Star Wars: Episode VII, and while everyone is busy speculating over who will or won’t direct the next installment in the franchise, it appears that Disney already has its sights set on Episodes VIII and IX. Word on the street is that the Mouse House is looking at Empire Strikes Back screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan and X-Men: First Class scribe Simon Kinberg to possibly get to work on the next two installments in the new trilogy right away. Hit the jump for more.
[Update: Kasdan and Kinberg's involvement has been confirmed along with the news that the two will also produce. More after the jump.]
It seems the legions of Star Wars fans weren’t the only ones caught off guard by Disney’s recent purchase of Lucasfilms; even star Mark Hamill was surprised by the news. However, Hamill did know of the plans for a new Star Wars sequel trilogy, since he had met with George Lucas over the summer to plan for the films. We reported earlier today that the Luke Skywalker of Star Wars Episode VII is expected to be in his 30s or 40s; with Hamill currently at 61, what role could he possibly have in the next film? Hit the jump to see what Hamill had to say about the impending additions to the Star Wars franchise.