Lucasfilm and Disney have announced the timetable for the new Star Wars movies and it’s pretty epic. Disney Studios chief Alan Horn made the announcement at CinemaCon.
Starting with Episode VII (being directed by JJ Abrams) in the Northern Hemisphere summer of 2015, it will alternate every summer with a stand -alone film until the trilogy is all sewn up.
That means it’s intended that Episode VIII, The Last Jedi should come out in 2017, followed by Episode IX in 2019. I’ll be an old man by then!
That’s a very ambitious time table and one which is going to require a lot of talented directors – which means people like Brad Bird and are that guy that did Avengers, Joss Wheeden are in with a chance. It’s what the fan boys want anyway.
I’ll throw a long shot for a director out there, J. Michael Straczynski. That man knows his science fiction check out Babylon 5 if you've never seen it!
Disney and Lucasfilm will have to be very careful with these films – with such a closely packed production schedule there are risks that quality could slip from being set at the highest level. Just look at video games like Call of Duty and Assassin’s Creed that produce a game a year – Creed III in particular was savaged by fans as lacking. That said, Marvel have managed to pull such a strategy off fairly well with only a one real miss (to my mind that's Thor).