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Star Wars VII set for 2015

CinemaCon: Walt Disney Studios president Alan Horn led a three-hour presentation in Las Vegas in which he revealed release dates for the next three Star Wars movies.

Horn announced plans to release the next three Star Wars films in 2015, 2017 and 2019, with the first set for a summer release.

Disney acquired LucasFilm for $4.05bn six months ago and has since lined up J.J. Abrams to direct Star Wars: Episode VII from a script by Michael Arndt.

Horn added that Disney and LucasFilm are planning other films related to characters from the Star Wars universe. Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kimburg are working on scripts from the spin-off films.

Disney also screened Pixar’s Monsters University and Johnny Depp took to the stage at the Colosseum to introduce footage from summer release The Lone Ranger and talked up the Pixar slate into 2016 that includes The Good Dinosaur in May 2014, Finding Dory in November 2015 and Inside Out in summer 2016.

Horn also promoted the imminent release of Iron Man 3, November release Thor: The Dark World and April 2014 release Captain America; The Winter Soldier as well as Guardians Of The Galaxy, Antman and The Avengers 2.

The DreamWorks pipeline for 2013 includes Wikileaks drama The Fifth Estate, Starbuck remake The Delivery Man and Saving Mr Banks starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson about the production of Mary Poppins.

Separately, reports emerged that DreamWorks Animation is moving ahead on a sequel to The Croods.

The Sony presentation revealed footage from David O Russell’s American Hustle (formerly American Bullshit) and George Clooney’s The Monuments Men.

Adam Sandler and Salma Hayek entertained exhibitors in the name of July launch Grown Ups 2, there was another look at Elysium footage following the recent Los Angeles-Berlin simulcast event, plus Seth Rogen’s apocalypse comedy This Is The End.

At a panel discussion Universal chairman Adam Fogelson warned that the industry needed to review the business model in order to recoup the losses from the decline of DVD.

Oliver Stone, Sam Raimi and Guillermo del Toro took part in an on-stage conversation in which Stone spoke of the repetitive nature of most action films.

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