Walt Disney and Lucasfilm have been determined to get the first of many planned upcoming Star Wars movies out by 2015. At first we assumed it would be part of the unbelievably busy summer ’15 movie season, but now it looks like the plan is to avoid that mess.
According to StarWars.com, Star Wars: Episode VII has been locked in for a December 18, 2015 release date. A very merry Christmas present for geeks the world wide in just a couple of years time (is it still that far off?).
Continue reading for the full announcement.
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.
No further details have been given yet, but with writers Abrams and Kasdan, director Abrams, and now a release date firmly in place, it looks like we can now move past the endless casting rumors many people are surely sick of making up, and get into who will actually star.
Are you happy Star Wars: Episode VII will be arriving during the holiday season instead of the jam-packed summer months, or were you looking forward to the new movie during blockbuster season?