New Star Wars trilogy, TV series announced

11 November, 2017, 01:51 | Author: Rita Burton
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"We can't wait to continue with this new series of films".

The entertainment giant has reached an agreement with Rian Johnson, the director of the most awaited movie of 2017 "Star Wars: The Last Jedi", to make a new trilogy of Star Wars. There is also now no release date for the new trilogy's first entry.

The force of "Star Wars" lifted Walt Disney Co shares as the promise of a new film trilogy overshadowed disappointing quarterly results and struggles at the media company's television business.

Johnson will write and direct the first installment, with his longtime collaborator Ram Bergman on-board to produce.

The original franchise, created by George Lucas, has nine films, including The Last Jedi and the final instalment known as Star Wars: Episode IX, which is set to be released in 2019 and is being directed by JJ Abrams.

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Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said: "We all loved working with Rian on The Last Jedi".

Disney is also making three standalone "Star Wars" films outside of the Skywalker saga, including last year's "Rogue One" and next year's "Solo: A Star Wars Story", following the origins of the charming roguish smuggler Han Solo, made famous by Harrison Ford in the film franchise.

Disney chief Bob Iger announced the plans Thursday in a call with investment analysts.

Soon fans will be able to check out Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi when it hits USA theaters on December 15, 2017.

The Force Awakens generated more than US$2 billion (S$2.72 billion) in worldwide box office revenue. This year, "The Last Jedi" is expected to propel Disney to the top of the USA box office for a second straight year.

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