Star Wars

At CinemaCon on Wednesday, the Walt Disney Studios chairman said the company plans to release three "Star Wars" films by the end of the decade. (Lucasfilm Ltd. via Los Angeles Times / April 17, 2013)

The Force is strong with Alan Horn.

At CinemaCon on Wednesday, the Walt Disney Studios chairman said the company plans to release three “Star Wars” films by the end of the decade — one in 2015, 2017 and 2019.

In between those movies, “we expect to have pictures derived from that universe,” Horn said, indicating that spinoff movies should be expected in 2016 and 2018 as well.

The news comes six months after Disney acquired Lucasfilm in a surprise deal for $4.05 billion.

At the time of that deal in October, the company said it planned to release a seventh live-action “Star Wars” movie in 2015.

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-- Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times