The new Disney-sized Lucasfilm coalition dropped a major announcement concerning the release strategy for 2015's Star Wars: Episode VII, its ensuing sequels, and standalone films. It seems that as of 2015, we will be in for several years of successive Star Wars movies set for the summers.
At CinemaCon in Las Vegas today, they would reveal that Episode VII will be targeted for a summer 2015 release. Yes, that bit of news may not be quite the bombshell, considering the fact that Star Wars films have traditionally launched in the late-spring/early-summer period. However, that tidbit would be accompanied by what may be the real game-changer: The long-discussed standalone films will be released in alternation each year between the Sequel Trilogy films. This means that starting with Episode VII in summer 2015, we will be treated to the first standalone film in summer of 2016, starting a pattern that will apparently repeat for at least the rest of the Trilogy.
It's quite an ambitious (presumed) plan to pump out a proper "Episode" film every other year, breaking the traditional 3-year gap between films practiced by George Lucas and company during the first two Trilogies. However, filling the yearly gaps with the standalone/spinoff (call them what you will) films does risk a bit of overkill which could chip away at the vitality of the franchise. I suppose fans will probably just have to trust in the will of The Force...which, in this case is owned by an anthropomorphic mouse with a high-pitched voice who cranks out theme parks and seemingly wholesome teen idols. Besides, those standalone films are rumored to focus on cool characters like Yoda, Han Solo, and Boba Fett, so that certainly can't be all bad.
This is quite a bit to digest and it may be the case that some clarification will be made on the specifics of the schedule. However, what does seem to be set in stone, is the fact that our future summers will be dominated by the Star Wars universe.