With Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm, a new trilogy of Star Wars films was pretty quickly announced with Episode VII scheduled for a 2015 release with J.J. Abrams directing. Though that is not all fans of the franchise can expect in the coming years with two spinoff films officially announced. These films will not be “Episodes” and each film will focus on a separate character and the films will be able to stand on their own. The intention of these films is to expand the universe beyond the current six films for movie goers.
Lawrence Kasdan (writer of The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark) will write one of the films with Sherlock Holmes screenwriter Simon Kinberg writing the other. These films will be released some time after Episode VII.