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The force is as strong as ever with George Lucas, who is planning to release a brand new Star Wars film in 2015!
Lucasfilm, the production company behind all of the previous Star Wars movies, made the big announcement on Tuesday afternoon. Star Wars Episode 7 will be co-produced by Disney, which has just purchased Lucasfilm for $4 billion. Since the release date is so close (three years or less), the film is no doubt already in the works. How they managed to keep it a secret, we'll never know.
But wait -- there's more! According to TheForce.net, Disney plans to release a new Star Wars film every two to three years after Episode 7. They're also planning to expand the Star Wars TV universe beyond the animated series The Clone Wars. (Does this mean the Ewoks will be returning to TV? Be still our '80s hearts!)
The first Star Wars movie, Episode IV: A New Hope, hit theaters in 1977, followed by The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983). Sixteen years later, Lucas returned with three prequels: The Phantom Menace (1999), Attack of the Clones (2002) and Revenge of the Sith (2005). Since then, Star Wars has become a permanent part of pop culture, dominating everything from video games to Halloween costumes. We just can't get enough of the adventures of Luke, Obi-Wan and Yoda -- so it's probably a good thing that there's more on the way.