Big news came out of CinemaCon yesterday pertaining to Star Wars. Collider.com reported that Disney plans on releasing an “Episode” film every other year. In between those years will be a stand alone Star Wars film. Episode VII will most likely star the original cast members, these stand alone films are another matter. What or who these stand alone films will be about is open to speculation. Already rumors of a Seven Samurai type Jedi film have surfaced. There has also been talk of a Yoda film as well. Rumors have also persisted on a Boba Fett film and a young Han Solo picture too. Are Screenwriters Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back) and Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class) working on other Star Wars projects in addition to Episode VIII and IX?
Anything is possible at this point. A year ago if someone would have told me that a new Star Wars film was in the works I would have laughed in their face. What worries me, as a Star Wars fan, is over kill. Those first three movies had years in between their release. Part of their charm was the speculation of what was going to happen next. It made each one special. One every other year with a Star Wars off shoot film to boot sounds more like wishful thinking. Then again look at Disney’s other big property, The Avengers. Avengers 2 isn’t until 2015, but until then we have Iron Man 3 this summer, Thor 2 this November, and Captain America 2 in the Spring of 2014. That template seems to be working just fine.
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