Disney promise new ‘Star Wars’ movie every year from 2015

The studio is planning a new trilogy and a series of spin-offs

Disney is planning to release a new Star Wars film every year from 2015, it has been revealed.

Speaking at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, studio boss Alan Horn teased plans for the hotly-anticipated new series of films. He confirmed that Episode VII is scheduled for release in 2015, with the subsequent parts of the trilogy following every two years, according to Empire.

However, the studio is also planning to develop two standalone movies, picking up the stories of other character from within the Star Wars universe. These, he revealed will slot into the gaps between the trilogy releases, effectively promising a new movie every year until at least 2020.

Disney hope that the new films, which are being developed by Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg, will be able to spin off into franchises of their own. It is believed that the first spin-off will focus on the backstory of Jedi Master Yoda.

Horn however would not be drawn on the increasing rumours that Episode VII will reunite original stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher in some capacity. The new movie is about to enter production, and will be directed by JJ Abrams.

Disney bought the rights to Star Wars from Disney last October for $4.1 billion (£2.7 billion).