Star Wars fans: try to take care of yourselves at least enough to survive until 2019 if you want to catch episodes VII through IX. Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed at this week's shareholders meeting that the company plans to release the second and third films in the upcoming trilogy in 2017 and 2019. The first standalone Star Wars movie will come out in 2016.
The first film in the new trilogy, Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes out this December.
Here's what Iger had to say about it (via Get Your Geek On):
"As one of the few people allowed to visit the set during filming….and one of the fewer who’s seen most of the footage…I can assure the millions of Star Wars fans who have spent the last decade hoping for a new movie this one will be worth the wait. And it’s only the beginning of a new era of exceptional Star Wars storytelling; next year we’ll release our first standalone movie based on these characters, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII in 2017, and we’ll finish this trilogy with Episode IX in 2019."
With a tight schedule like that, they're not screwing around. Maybe that has something to do with J.J. Abrams not directing after the first one?