Anticipation is certainly high for the December 2015 release of Star Wars – The Force Awakens, but being how fans of the sprawling property are, we’re also looking towards the future – in addition to those standalone films. While we’ve heard that the plan is for a new film every two years for the main trilogy, that’s now gotten a confirmation via the annual shareholders report for Disney from CEO Bob Iger:
As one of the few people allowed to visit the set during filming….and one of the fewer who’s seen most of the footage…I can assure the millions of Star Wars fans who have spent the last decade hoping for a new movie this one will be worth the wait. And it’s only the beginning of a new era of exceptional Star Wars storytelling; next year we’ll release our first standalone movie based on these characters, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII in 2017, and we’ll finish this trilogy with Episode IX in 2019.
It’s also not a surprise to see it said as finishing with this trilogy, as you can imagine them moving on to more material going forward for as long as they can to build on their $4 billion investment, which is spread across a massive media empire that Lucasfilm build. As it stands now, we’ve got a new Star Wars film very year in December this year through 2019.
Rian Johnson is set to direct Episode VIII as well as write it while also being involved in the story treatment for the ninth installment.
[Source: Get Your Geek On]