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Star Wars: Episode VII Dated For December 18, 2015
And J.J. Abrams talks the scripting changes

08 November 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Starwars.com

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So now we know. After months of speculation, rumour, outright guesses and claims of knowledge, the official release date for Star Wars: Episode VII has been announced as December 18, 2015.

There has been plenty of chatter both about the proposed scheduling for the film and rumours that the filmmakers were concerned about getting the movie made on time if the delivery date was earlier in the year.

"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 film going season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture," says Disney chairman Alan Horn in a statement on the official site. As casting continues, shooting will kick off in spring next year at Pinewood Studios.

Timing is also a key factor in J.J. Abrams’ new comments about the handover of scripting duties for the film. There were predictable disturbances in the news force when it was reported late last month that Abrams and writer / director Lawrence had decided to take over crafting the script for Star Wars: Episode VII from Toy Story III's Michael Arndt. 

It is definitely not a mad grab at more power and control by the Star Trek director (he hardly needs it), nor was it the result of Arndt suddenly going crazy and inventing a half-Ewok brother of Jar Jar Binks who is given the Bantha’s share of the lines in the second half of the script. It actually has to do with timing, according to Abrams.

“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,” he said during a conference call promoting the new Bad Robot-produced TV series Almost Human, a conversation that was recorded by Deadline.

And never fear: Arndt isn’t now digesting over a thousand years in the belly of the almighty Sarlacc. Abrams was quick to praise him. “Working with Michael was a wonderful experience and I couldn’t be a bigger fan of his or adore him more, He’s a wonderful guy and was incredibly helpful in the process,” Abrams says. “It doesn’t preclude working with Michael again in the future.”

Kasdan, of course, is a veteran of the Star Wars universe having co-written The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi. He’s also been at developing one of the spin-off films Disney wants to slot in between the new trilogy for a wall-to-wall Wars experience after Episode VII docks in that aforementioned December 18, 2015 berth.


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this will get 5 stars from Empire
you read it here first. More

Posted by Jonny24 at 14:44 on 10 November 2013 | Report This Post

I was half right....
I always said there was no way they would get this movie made by summer 2015.Still think they will be cutting it very fine to get it done by december 2015.Still, i dont think anything Abrams does will match the awesomeness that is the Clone Wars tv series.Just watched the epic Darth Maul arc from season 5 and it is AMAZING! More

Posted by Cool Breeze at 17:10 on 08 November 2013 | Report This Post

The Empire Strikes When...
Ah ok, so, the script is being re-written (knew that from the other day) and some vague comments about how great the former writer was (just not good enough to warrant keeping him on at this time). Well, Star Trek (11?) was a good movie that was semi-Star Wars-y. I doubt Abrams can go wrong... I don't get why the prequel TRILOGY is getting such a slating though. Ok, Episode one wasn't as good as we wanted it to be but two and especially III made up for that. a sort of reverse of the origin More

Posted by Mr_Haze1810 at 13:12 on 08 November 2013 | Report This Post

I've got to say that at the moment I'm not anticipating anything at all. The prequels were so bad it can't get any worse. JJ Abrahams has done nothing that I thought was particularly great. That said, I'll probably be screaming like a kid on release day. Good luck at the audition Chester Copperpot More

Posted by chris wootton at 12:32 on 08 November 2013 | Report This Post

RE: And so it begins....
L: Bobby TwoTimes So we've got a full 2yrs of bullshit speculating and minor little bits of information being blown into huge 'leaked' bits of news then. Great! Reckon Empire can manage to put a Star Wars article on here every single day between now and then....? on't read them then perhaps? More

Posted by MonsterCat at 11:19 on 08 November 2013 | Report This Post

RE: J.J. Abrams Talks Episode VII's Scripting Change
Bobby TwoTimes, oh so cynical...yet you still read the article. And then even took the time to comment on it. More

Posted by talcum.daddy at 11:10 on 08 November 2013 | Report This Post

Something everyones' failed to mention: Warcraft is due out on the same day. Unless Universal move the date, then there's no chance it'll be successful and there might not be a chance of sequels. And yes, that is something I want at this moment, despite there being no plot news (maybe something will be announced at Blizzcon over the weekend?). More

Posted by cliff126 at 10:31 on 08 November 2013 | Report This Post

And so it begins....
So we've got a full 2yrs of bullshit speculating and minor little bits of information being blown into huge 'leaked' bits of news then. Great! Reckon Empire can manage to put a Star Wars article on here every single day between now and then....? More

Posted by Bobby TwoTimes at 09:33 on 08 November 2013 | Report This Post

Episode VII
So we have a date, when do we get a title? More

Posted by Scruffybobby at 07:16 on 08 November 2013 | Report This Post

Off to the audition in Bristol this Saturday.
Best get my serious face on. More

Posted by ChesterCopperpot at 23:27 on 07 November 2013 | Report This Post

770 days until Episode 7! First Star Wars movie was released in '77! Coincidence? Take a look at the countdown: http://wp.me/p2OJyd-Af More

Posted by gollinho at 22:59 on 07 November 2013 | Report This Post

The waiting game
Just over two years to wait then... the anticipation and expectation for this film is ridiculous especially after the debacle that was the prequel trilogy. Can the film ever match the hype?? No pressure JJ... We're all counting on you. More

Posted by Martypants at 22:27 on 07 November 2013 | Report This Post

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