With Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm and Star Wars from George Lucas for $4.05 billion, it was announced that Episode 7 would be released in 2015.
We've also heard that George Lucas handed Disney over film treatments for not only Episode 7, but Episode 8 and 9 as well.
It's since come out from a former George Lucas biographer that Lucas' Episode 7 featured a Luke Skywalker in his 30s and 40s, and it has also been said to be an all-new original story, one not adapted from the comic books or popular novels.
Now the latest come from the LA Times in that previous to the Disney acquisition, George Lucas met with screenwriters about new Star Wars movies, which fits in with what Mark Hamill recently stated, that he and Carry Fisher met with Lucas about new Star Wars movies as well.
Regarding the screenwriters, the LA Times notes that several pitched their version of Star Wars to Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy, who will be overseeing Star Wars for Disney, and that the screenwriters were "well-known screenwriters with experience creating big-budget Hollywood films."
[[wysiwyg_imageupload:3797:]]The LA Times goes on to corroborate that the new Star Wars movies will most likely not be using any source material from the novels, as The Thawn Trilogy is considered canon amongst fans, which featured Luke and a story set 5 years after the events of Return of the Jedi.
We also know that George Lucas will not be on as director, but it's stated that Lucas will remain on in some form of "consultant" role.
With the announcement that Disney is purchasing Star Wars, came news of more movies. Episode 7, as previously announced, will be released in 2015, with subsequent Star Wars movies released in 2017 and 2019, the LA Times reports.
Fans have also been back and forth over the idea of Disney doing Star Wars, with various images mashing the two companies' characters hitting the social networks. Disney already released a Darth Vader Disneyland video, which may have concerned some, but as many fans have noted, Disney has done well with Pixar and Marvel, which the LA Times notes as well, in that they have taken a hands-off approach.