A new "Star Wars" film might become a yearly tradition.
It was announced on Wednesday, April 17, by Walt Disney Co. chairman Alan Horn that the studio plans to release a new "Star Wars" film every year starting in 2015 with "Star Wars: Episode VII," according to The Associated Press.
Horn added that the studio will then alternate between films in the new "Star Wars" trilogy and previously announced spin-off films that will feature characters within the "Star Wars" universe.
Last year, Disney acquired Lucasfilm for more than $4 billion. The company later announced its plans to make a new "Star Wars" movies and in January, it was announced that "Star Trek" director J.J. Abrams had been picked to direct the first film in the new trilogy.
In February, Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, confirmed that the company was "in development of a few stand-alone films." He added the films "are not part of the 'Star Wars' saga...there are now creative entities working on developing scripts for what would be those stand-alone films."
George Lucas confirmed in March that talks have been held with original "Star Wars" trilogy stars Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill about having them reprise their "Star Wars" roles in Disney's new "Star Wars: Episode VII."