November 16, 2012
Disney Wants To Release Two-Three STAR WARS Films A Year
According to a new EW (via GeekTyrant) interview with LucasFilm head Kathleen Kennedy they indeed plan on using the Marvel Studios/Avengers model for Star Wars. HeatVision had previously stated the studio was looking to Avengers as way to expand the franchise releasing offshoot films. Episode VII will be a continuation of the Skywalker/Solo stories and it will be completely original. Kennedy states Disney wants to release "two to three films" a year. These other films very well could focus on characters from the expanded universe.
I assume LucasFilm would move forward with Boba Fett and Obi Wan movies. The former had been developed by Captain America director Joe Johnston. The expanded universe of the games, novels and comics could be mined as well. Characters such as Darth Vader's secret apprentice Starkiller from Force Unleashed could make for an excellent film. Unleashed would have a solid reason to bring back Vader , Boba and Yoda. LucasFilm is currently working on the third installment in the game franchise. The Old Republic and Mandalorian Wars are prime for some adaptations as well. The comics are also rich in mythology and I'd be shocked if they didn't eventually introduce Cade Skywalker. Fans upset that the Thrawn Trilogy wouldn't be used in the new trilogy could see the villain show up in these spin-offs. 1313 might also factor into these films but it's still unknown the direction that story will go.