Belfast Telegraph

Friday 11 July 2014

Star Wars release dates announced

Star Wars: Episode VII is planned for 2015

Star Wars will be back in cinemas in 2015, 2017 and 2019, and fans can expect new spin-off movies too.

Release dates for the next three films in the cult franchise were announced at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, according to Variety.

Disney Studios boss Alan Horn also revealed they are working on other films related to Star Wars characters, saying: "We expect to have movies derived from that universe."

LucasFilm was acquired by Disney six months ago for 4.05 billion dollars and Star Wars: Episode VII, directed by JJ Arbams, is expected in 2015.

George Lucas' first six Star Wars films were a huge moneyspinner, making 4.4 billion dollars globally plus billions more from TV shows, video games, theme park rides and merchandise.

The dates emerged as Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, said the next Star Wars film was progressing smoothly.

"We're working on getting a script," she said of Star Wars: Episode VII. "We're working with JJ (Abrams) every week. We're having a great time and I think we're going to come up with something really wonderful."

Kathleen spoke as she was named 2013 Pioneer of the Year for serving in various production capacities on more than 60 big-screen movies, including E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Schindler's List, Seabiscuit and Lincoln, as well as for her humanitarian and philanthropic efforts.

She received the honour from film exhibitors at their annual CinemaCon convention.

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