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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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Last updated: 06/08/2018 16:21:47

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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.

A series of spin-offs were launched in 2016 with Gareth Edwards' Rogue One and 2017 will see the second film in the new trilogy, Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi.

Another spin-off will be released in 2018 - Solo - which tells the story of Han Solo before the original Star Wars film and 2019 will round off the third trilogy with the untitled Episode IX.

A fourth trilogy of films has been announced for release after 2020 which will be overseen by Rian Johnson and they will feature entirely new characters and an entirely separate story.

In addition, there are the TV series The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels and a new as yet untitled live action series due to debut some time after 2020.

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