There are six more Star Wars movies coming out over the next six years, but Disney has no plans to stop there.
According to a new feature in Wired, Disney and Lucasfilm have decided to put out a new Star Wars movie every year, so long as there's an audience willing to buy tickets. Considering that pre-order tickets for The Force Awakens sold out in minutes, becoming the fastest selling movie of all time, it doesn't look like fan disinterest will be an issue.
"If the people at the Walt Disney Company, which bought Lucasfilm for $4 billion in 2012, have anything to say about it, the past four decades of Star Wars are merely prologue," Wired writer Adam Rogers wrote. "They are making more. A lot more."
Rogers added that another way of looking at the volume of Star Wars films the studio is interested in making is by examining age. If, like him, you were "conscious for the first Star Wars film" then chances are you probably won't even be around by the time the last one is released.
Perhaps even more interesting is that executives at Disney and Lucasfilm aren't just interested in making more sequels, but in branching the franchise out into an "infinite series." Think what the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been able to accomplish over the past seven years.
That means that fans of what Star Wars has been able to come up with in its expanded universe will more than likely start to see that content making its way to the big screen as the studios dig into the archive for more stories to tell year after year.
As Rogers points out, the Star Wars universe doesn't just have a dedicated group of fans and a willing-to-pay-anything audience; it has a devout following.
With The Force Awakens due out in a month and production already underway on Gareth Edwards' Rogue One, the anthology stand-alone film due out next year, it's clear the studio will continue to feed that following and reap the financial benefits in the process.