I just saw The Force Awakens, and it ended on a cliffhanger (literally, on a cliff).
But seriously will there be another one?
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Yes. Oh god yes. We will drown in oceans of Star Wars sequels.
In the short term, Disney has plans to make a complete new trilogy:
By all accounts, these films will continue the ongoing stories of Rey, Finn, and Kylo Ren.
There are also longer-term plans for a trilogy of Anthology films, set in the Star Wars universe but not part of the ongoing story of the new trilogy:
After this, preliminary talks at Disney could see a further fifteen years worth of Star Wars.
If this seems excessive, recall that, at time of writing, The Force Awakens is the highest-grossing domestic film of all time1, leading Avatar by $155 million, and the third-highest-grossing film worldwide, trailing Titanic by a paltry $120 million and Avatar by $720 million.
Unless and until the movies bomb spectacularly2, Disney's investors would revolt if they didn't keep churning out Star Wars movies
1 That's not adjusted for inflation; if you adjust, then Gone With the Wind still wins handily, with The Force Awakens trailing in 11th place, which is still indescribably impressive
2 Which seems unlikely, at least in the short-term; The Phantom Menace is the 7th highest-domestic-grossing film of all time ($474 million unadjusted), while Revenge of the Sith is 25th ($380 million). The lowest of the franchise is actually Empire Strikes Back, at 66th ($290 million). Even when they're crap, Star Wars makes bank
Short answer: yes, there will be at least one sequel trilogy (episode 7, 8, 9) as well as non-trilogy related films that focus on other events and characters outside the main story (Rogue One is currently in production and details events prior to Episode 4):
The trilogy is comprised of the forthcoming Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams and written by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan for a release on December 18, 2015; Star Wars: Episode VIII, written and directed by Rian Johnson; and Star Wars: Episode IX, which Johnson is writing a story treatment for.
The official title for Star Wars Episode VIII is The Last Jedi:
According to this article, yes, and it is already in production:
in late October, just as the world was starting to wonder about the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker, the guy who plays him was sitting at a table in his tree-lined Malibu yard, wearing Batman-themed Converse sneakers. Hamill was just starting to regrow his Jedi beard for the follow-up, Episode VIII — which would soon need him on set.