'Star Wars' Episode VII Release Date 2015 Confirmed, Spinoffs Every Other Year, Disney Announces

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Last October, Disney sent Star Wars fans into a frenzy over the announcement of a seventh installment to the series. Today at CinemaCon, studio chairman Alan Horn reveled that starting in the summer of 2015, the franchise will be releasing a new film every other year.

While there was a time when it look as if J.J. Abrams would not make the 2015 deadline for Star Wars Episode VII, it now seems as if that date is set in stone. However, Disney will not participate in a Lord of the Rings type release schedule, reports Entertainment Weekly. Instead, the main Star Wars episodic releases will be punctuated by spinoffs every other year.

Cinimablend reports that while Michael Ardnt is working on the script for Episode VII, Laurence Kasdan, who worked on The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, as well as Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes) are in the process of writing the spinoffs.

There as been no word on concrete topics for films diverging from the Skywalker arc, although if early signs are correct, than there could be the possibility of Boba Fett or young Han Solo plotlines, reports Entertainment Weekly.

According to Forbes, with a universe as rich and varied as the one created for Star Wars, spinoffs are an excellent way to delve into the finer details. 

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