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New 'Star Wars' films to be released every summer, beginning with 'Episode VII' in 2015

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Are you ready for a barrage of Star Wars films? Disney hopes so: according to multiple outlets, the company has just announced at CinemaCon that it will be releasing a new film in the universe every summer, starting in 2015. We had previously heard that Episode VII was destined for a 2015 release, but with today's development plans have become much clearer. Episode VIII should come out in 2017, followed by Episode IX in 2019. Meanwhile, the standalone films that will focus on particular characters from the Star Wars franchise will be slotted between each of those movies. Rumors say that those films, which would be released in 2016, 2018, and possibly 2020, could center on Yoda, Han Solo, and Boba Fett. Such a condensed release schedule suggests that at least some of the movies will be shot concurrently — a technique used by trilogies like The Hobbit.