Magazine article Screen International

Star Wars VII Set for 2015

Magazine article Screen International

Star Wars VII Set for 2015

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CinemaCon: Walt Disney Studios president Alan Horn led a three-hour presentation in Las Vegas in which he revealed release dates for the next three Star Wars movies.

Horn announced plans to release the next three Star Wars films in 2015, 2017 and 2019, with the first set for a summer release.

Disney acquired LucasFilm for $4.05bn six months ago and has since lined up J.J. Abrams to direct Star Wars: Episode VII from a script by Michael Arndt.

Horn added that Disney and LucasFilm are planning other films related to characters from the Star Wars universe. Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kimburg are working on scripts from the spin-off films.

Disney also screened Pixar's Monsters University and Johnny Depp took to the stage at the Colosseum to introduce footage from summer release The Lone Ranger and talked up the Pixar slate into 2016 that includes The Good Dinosaur in May 2014, Finding Dory in November 2015 and Inside Out in summer 2016.

Horn also promoted the imminent release of Iron Man 3, November release Thor: The Dark World and April 2014 release Captain America; The Winter Soldier as well as Guardians Of The Galaxy, Antman and The Avengers 2. …

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