Disney have revealed that they plan to make a seventh film in the Star Wars franchise.
The entertainment titans are to buy George Lucas’ Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion (£2.5 billion) and will release the new movie in 2015, following it up with Episode 8 and Episode 9, with the films released every two to three years.
Lucas, who retired from the movies earlier in 2012, said in a statement – via Digital Spy:
“For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next. It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers.”
He continued: “I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime. I’m confident that with Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy [the new president of Lucasfilm], and having a new home within the Disney organisation, Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come.”
He added that Disney would also make sure that Lucasfilm and Star Wars not only continued to make their mark in film and television, but in “interactive media, theme parks, live entertainment and consumer products”.