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With the hype machine for Star Wars: Episode VII in full force its no surprise that we're still getting daily rumours about what comes next and the latest is that Netflix are either very close to signing (or already have) a deal with Disney to create three spin-off TV shows.

The original rumour comes from Cinelinx who previously suggested a live action show was in the works. There have been other rumours that there may be an Obi-wan Kenobi series or film starring Ewan McGregor in the works somewhere too. Could the two be linked?

We've been digging and have a little bit more to add - while scheduling hasn't been completely confirmed yet, its very likely that the first spin-off series will hit the streaming network in LATE 2016 and may even tie in to the Rogue One plot in some way; acting as a kind of prequel to the cinematic event. After that, Episode VIII hits cinemas in MAY 2017 and the second spin-off series is thought to follow that with a November/December 2017 timeframe being hinted at right now. After that it's pure guesswork, but our money would be on a similar timeframe for the final spin-off series; so late 2018 and that would lead nicely into the 2019 cinematic outing for Episode IX.

One thing - with all of the already announced Star Wars films and TV series it's going to be a busy five years. Add these new Netflix shows into the mix and we're getting close to Marvel levels of saturation - if anyone can do it, Disney can.

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Star Wars is a science fiction film series created by George Lucas. It debuted in 1977 and the first film was quickly retitled to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. It was followed by two sequels - The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and Return of the Jedi in 1983. A trilogy of prequel films were launched in 1999 with The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. In 2015 Star Wars returned to the screens for a new trilogy under the control of Disney with The Force Awakens directed by J J Abrams. This was follows in the main Star Wars saga by Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi with the final film of the sequel trilogy, Episode IX, due in cinemas in December 2019 with J J Abrams back at the helm,A series of spin-offs were launched in 2016 with Gareth Edwards' Rogue One, which was followed in 2018 by Ron Howard's Solo and a fourth trilogy of films has been announced for release after 2020 which will be overseen by Rian Johnson which will feature entirely new characters and an entirely separate story.In addition, there are the animated TV series The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels along with Star Wars Resistance which starts in late 2018 and finally a new live action series currently being developed by Jon Favreau set some time after the events of Return of the Jedi.

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