New Star Wars Movie Confirmed For 2015
Disney buys Lucasfilm wholesale in reported £2.5bn deal...
Three newStar Wars films are in the pipeline and the first is due to hit cinemas in 2015, it has been revealed.
Entertainment giant Disney has bought the rights for the sci-fi franchise from Lucasfilm for a reported £2.5bn in cash and stock.
Walt Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger has told shareholders that Star Wars episode seven is targeted for release in 2015 - and that episodes eight and nine are to follow.
He said: "Our long-term plan is to release a new Star Wars feature film every two to three years."
And Star Wars creator George Lucas issued a statement saying: "For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next. It's now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers.
"I've always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime. I'm confident that with Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy, and having a new home within the Disney organisation, Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come.
"Disney's reach and experience give Lucasfilm the opportunity to blaze new trails in film, television, interactive media, theme parks, live entertainment, and consumer products."
A gameplay trailer for a Star Wars edition of Angry Birds was released yesterday