'Star Wars' hits lightspeed: A new film every summer from 2015

Hang onto your fur. There's going to be a new "Star Wars" film in theaters every summer, with spin-offs in the years between episodes. "Star Wars" overload? Or bull's-eyeing womp rats for Disney?

Artist Adam Schickling's fan-made poster for the next 'Star Wars.' Adam Schickling

Hang onto your fur -- there's going to be a new "Star Wars" film in cinemas every summer. "Episode VII" will arrive in 2015, with "VIII" and "IX" following in two-year intervals.

The years in between (2016, 2018, and maybe 2020) will see spin-off movies, Disney boss Alan Horn told cinema owners at CinemaCon. These could focus on key characters such as Han Solo, Boba Fett, and Yoda.

Having paid $4 billion for its new set of action figures, Disney is desperate to start playing with them. This new release strategy is strongly reminiscent of the Marvel movies, which it also owns, with standalone films about specific superheroes and great big "Avengers" movies where they team up to fight a major baddie.

Read more of "Star Wars hits lightspeed: A new film every summer from 2015" at CNET UK.

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