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Disney CEO Confirms 'Star Wars' Episodes VIII & IX in 2017 and 2019

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January 30, 2015

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Almost a couple years ago, back in the spring of 2013, before Star Wars: The Force Awakens even had a title and the film was still slated rumored for a summer release in 2015, Disney revealed at CinemaCon that they were planning on releasing a new Star Wars film each year, alternating between episodes in the new trilogy and standalone films in between them. Now here we are in 2015, and Star Wars: Episode VII isn't arriving until December 18th this year, followed next year by the first standalone film (which is starting to find a cast already) from director Gareth Edwards. Now we have further confirmation for future plans.

Disney CEO Bob Iger just addressed shareholders recently and talked about the progress of Star Wars and their plans for the future. Get Your Geek On (via SlashFilm) has the quote from 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."

We've already assumed the Episode VIII (which will be directed by Rian Johnson) and Episode IX would be out in 2017 and 2019 since the standalone films were said to become between trilogy installments, but this is the first time Bob Iger has said that officially. In addition, we could also speculate as to what he means when he says "we'll finish this trilogy" to be a hint that maybe they'll do another trilogy after this. If that's the case, it wouldn't begin until 2021, but it's exciting to think that this universe will keep getting bigger, following new characters in each sequential trilogy.

And if we really want to get speculative, you might notice that Iger also says, "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…" When he says "based on these characters" could he be indicating that the spin-off films may actually have ties to Episode VII after all? We doubt it since a Disney CFO said the spin-offs would be origin stories and Iger himself even called them standalone films not tied to the new trilogy. However, it's interesting that there was no mention of the second standalone Star Wars film just yet, even though Josh Trank was already announced to direct. Anyway, we'll find out more details on at least this first spin-off soon enough, so stay tuned for more.

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  • Tuomas Lassila
    Are they going to turn Star Wars into cinematic universe similar to Marvels? Cause that would be AWESOME! 😀
    • Jon Odishaw
      It would be. So much universe to explore.
      • ColtNoir
        instead we get prequel spinoffs... -_-
        • Jon Odishaw
          I know its sort of depressing, but as a big fan of Godzilla Im interested to see what Edwards does with what he's given.
        • OfficialJab
          The only problem with the prequels I think was the dialogue and overuse of digital effects. The universe was well-realized and has a ton of potential.
          • ColtNoir
            I mean, these spin-offs we're going to get between the main eps coming up. instead, of expanding the SWU, they'll be giving already established characters like Han a solo movie. it's unfortunate.
          • OfficialJab
            Yeah that is a bummer. At least I'd like it more if it were a sequel so I don't already know the ending.
  • TheOct8pus
    They shouldn't do anymore trilogies. Just standalone, or related films that are part of the same shared universe....like Marvel obviously.
    • ari smulders
      exactly...
  • OfficialJab
    I hope they keep the episode numbers in the titles in the actual films. Seeing it at the top of the scroll would be nice.
  • I like the Tinman
    Old Republic, Old Republic, Old Republic, Old Republic.....
  • Mike Samual Zarquon
    That's good news for all those Star Wars fans and geeks alike. Good marketing ploy to get fans to buy more crappy merchandise and toys associated with all those new films. This will certainly boost the profit making franchise for Disney Inc.
  • ari smulders
    bring darth maul back and i am super happy with this news. by the way the phantom menace must officialy be called:episode 1 total crap...
    • OfficialJab
      Not total, if you liked Maul!
      • ari smulders
        agreed you are totally right! maul is the onley highlight and they kill him! it sucks!
        • OfficialJab
          It's true but he came back in Clone Wars I think. And Force Unleashed.
        • MLTC
          I liked Darth Maul and Qui-Gon Jinn.
    • He has cybernetic legs 😀 You fight him in a Jedi Academy expansion and the Force Unleashed (combat module though from the past) plus yeah some other media that I haven't seen, I also think I've seen him in a Clone Wars clip though :)
  • end 2019, who stand here waiting

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