Disney announces plans for Star Wars Episode VII in 2015, followed by VIII and IX every 2-3 years after


Just as soon as Disney announces their buyout of Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise, they have announced plans for their first Star Wars movie.

Episode VII is now being planned for 2015 with episodes VIII and IX to follow. George Lucas will serve as creative consultant to the movies.

In a press release (via VentureBeat) by Disney:

"The last Star Wars movie release was 2005’s Revenge of the Sith – and we believe there’s substantial pent up demand. In 2015, we’re planning to release Star Wars Episode 7 – the first feature film under the “Disney-Lucasfilm” brand. That will be followed by Episodes 8 and 9 – and our long term plan is to release a new Star Wars feature film every two to three years. We’re very happy that George Lucas will be creative consultant on our new Star Wars films and that Kathleen Kennedy, the current Co-Chair of Lucasfilm, will executive produce. George handpicked Kathy earlier this year to lead Lucasfilm into the future. She’ll join Disney as President of Lucasfilm, reporting into Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn and integrating and building the Star Wars franchise across our company."

If you weren't already in shock at the news of the buyout just moments ago, welcome to the world of being unable to function physically and mentally now that Disney had just blown everyone's minds.

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