With pre-production in full-swing, a confirmed release date of December 18, 2015, has been set for Lucasfilm’s highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII.
“We’re very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture,” said Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios.
Star Wars: Episode VII will be directed by J. J. Abrams (Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek) and is being scripted by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi). Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, with Tommy Harper (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Jack Ryan, Star Trek Into Darkness) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin, War of the Worlds) serving as executive producers. John Williams is returning to score Star Wars: Episode VII.
Shooting is scheduled to begin spring 2014 at Pinewood Studios.This news is significant for several reasons. One is that this will be the first Star Wars movie ever to premiere in any month other than May. Second is that this date pushes it to the very end of the year, well beyond any of the other blockbuster releases like Avengers 2 and Batman vs. Superman. That'll make our choices easier: I would imagine having to choose between these three movies in a single weekend, and wake up screaming.
But the biggest reason this is news is that it means the studio compromised. Director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy were trying to get Ep VII pushed to 2015 to give them more time for preproduction. Rumors are that the script isn't even close to being ready, and they're scheduled to start shooting in 2014. Disney CEO Bob Iger refused to move the date, because the studio apparently has a whole thing mapped out relying on the 2015 date. This late release date pretty much says, "Okay, fine. You get until the very, very end of 2015. But no later."
But when the director and producer are both worried they can't release a quality picture in this short turnaround time, and Disney more interested in its merchandising plans than the film itself? Yes, Star Wars fans, I'm now officially nervous.
Are you looking forward to SWVII? Do you think this date is a good thing or a bad thing?
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