When Disney acquired Lucasfilm Ltd. for $4.05 billion last year it signalled the start of a whole new Star Wars trilogy, and recently there has been talk of spin-offs and standalone films set within the same universe that are also in development. The timeframe for all these new Star Wars movies has been up in the air, but today Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm announced that a Star Wars film will hit each year following the release of Star Wars: Episode VII in 2015.
This could either be a good or a bad thing. Fans will obviously want to see more Star Wars movies on the big screen (as long as they are good), so the more the merrier. However, it could easily cause audience fatigue and the films could lose ‘event movie’ status. Looking at Marvel’s slate one could argue they are pumping out too many movies, but as they focus on different characters and offer something new each time audience don’t seem to mind. Disney could be hoping for something similar with Star Wars.
Would a yearly dose of Star Wars be ideal, or should the studio hold off in order to ensure the movies remain special?