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October 30, 2012 - Star Wars Episode VII / movie announced

Scooped on Wednesday, October 31, 2012

As part of Walt Disney Pictures' purchase of Lucasfilm and the Star Wars intellectual property from George Lucas, the movie studio has announced the ambitious plan to create and release Star Wars Episode VII, the first movie in the long anticipated sequel trilogy set after the end of Return of the Jedi.

Story concepts for Episode VII as well as Episode XI and Episode IX have already been written by Lucas. Disney has revealed that further development on the screenplay for Episode VII is underway, mentioning undisclosed "writers" as being the ones fleshing out the concepts submitted by George Lucas.

Disney wants to release Star Wars Episode VII in 2015, with plans to release a new Star Wars movie every two to three years afterward.

"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," said Star Wars creator George Lucas in a Disney press release today. "I’m confident that with Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy, and having a new home within the Disney organization, Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come."

Additional story details concerning Episode VII were not forthcoming, nor was it mentioned whether any cast members from the original Star Wars movies have been approached to reprise their roles in this new Star Wars trilogy.

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