Star Wars: Episode VII Finally Has a Release Date

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Jedi, smugglers and wookies of the world, rejoice — Star Wars: Episode VII finally has an official release date: December 18, 2015, just in time for the holiday season.

“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, in a statement posted Thursday on StarWars.com.

Episode VII underwent a screenwriter switch-up last month, with the film’s director J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan taking over for original writer Michael Arndt, most well-known for his work on Toy Story 3 and Little Miss Sunshine. Abrams told Deadline that the 2015 completion deadline had a role in the swap.

“It became clear that given the time frame and given the process and the way the thing was going that working with Larry in this way was going to get us where we need to be and when we needed to be,” Abrams told Deadline.

Shooting for the highly anticipated film, which takes place after the events of 1983’s Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, is set to begin in the Spring of 2014.

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darkforce2278
darkforce2278

fanboys would hate for saying this, as the original trilogy is sacred and untouchable, but i would rather have abrams remake them into one movie. even the annoying jar jar binks is lovable as compared to the ewoks. chewbacca is obviously a man in a suit as compared to his tribe in SW III. the aliens in the original looks like toys and cheap. the stop motion / puppets used in several effects looks dated. etc. if lucas couldn't stop himself from tinkering with the original trilogy, he might as well let abrams remake them into one movie - maybe a 2 1/2 hour movie at that. and then, from there, we can talk about the next sequels.

KenReports
KenReports

@TIMECulture Lies.  They're saying December 2015, but they're just doing that for hype.  They're probably going to push it when we get closer to that date, and say they need more time to edit.  It'll more likely be summer 2016, because c'mon, we all know they want to milk it for all it's worth and get as much money out of it as possible.  Disgusting, greedy, studio execs.  

DeweySayenoff
DeweySayenoff

My prediction: The next series of three movies will lead things right back to where they were at the beginning of the entire series - the impending rise of a new Empire.  Why?  Because that's how mankind is.  It always thinks it can do better next time (and doesn't) and thinks it's learned from its mistakes (and hasn't).  

Granted Star Wars isn't entirely "mankind", but it's obviously based on human culture, sensibilities, norms and expectations - not to mention motivations and behaviors.  So what goes around comes around again.  Another evil empire will be looming.  The Jedi will be oblivious (again), the Sith will show its face (please, no more piebald weirdies again that no one has ever seen as an alien species before in all of the conglomeration of species made up for the series), and there will be dark clouds on the horizon.  (Cue the impending doom music)

Happily ever after ain't gonna happen here.

As for how they get there, well, that's going to be up to the writers.  But I'll bet that's where they end up.

mashedpotatoes
mashedpotatoes

@KenReports @TIMECulture The biggest movie in history, "Avatar", opened in December so why would they push it to summer when the marketplace is so overcrowded and they stand a chance of making less money?

SqlWolfe
SqlWolfe

@DeweySayenoff Have you read the remaing books?  You're guessing where the next three movies lead, I suggest the books already tell you this.

tom.litton
tom.litton

@DeweySayenoff The thing with that logic is it's much smarter then the director, so i doubt it will happen.  

Or maybe i'm still disappointed they gave it to Abrams instead of Joss Whedon...