Disney has officially announced that the first Star Wars film will be brought to us in Summer 2015 (even though it’s still in the very early stages of pre-production) and then more dramatically that from that point every year after there will be another Star Wars related movie. 2016 will have a stand-alone film, before Episode VIII will come in 2017, and onwards until we’re sick and tired of it all.
But the question is, is more better? Some people state that this might ruin the story if they’re churning them out this quickly. Each Episode of the saga will have two years between each other, whereas the gap between Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi was a three-year gap for each. Other than books (Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Harry Potter), not many sagas or films try to get the films so close to each other with two years and always seem to have that span.
Packing two years means that whilst the Episode VII is getting into post-production and before it’s even reached the cinema, you’ve got to be well within the pre-production to continue on. It might help filming back-to-back on the shoot. Even JJ Abrams has stated that he’s not 100% sure that the 2015 slot will be adhered to, as he wants to get the story right. Previous films from Disney, such as Pirates of the Caribbean were churned out so quickly that across eight years we got four films, which got more confusing the more they went on.
So the major question is, is a two years between Episode VII and Episode VIII and eventually Episode IX? Or should it be longer? What’s your take?