So apparently, in addition to the new trilogy, Disney plans on making a metric shit ton of spinoff movies as well.
Disney CFO Jay Rasulo told Variety last September that "one Star Wars trilogy film or 'origin story film' would also appear on the release schedule each year,"
I guess this is one of the main reasons why the Expanded Universe was flushed down the toilet. Mostly for best, mind you. But also probably for the merch.