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Star Wars in 2015 - Disney Holds Firm

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By Robert T. Trate     October 31, 2013
Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Will the son of Jango get his own film?
© Lucasfilm Ltd./ Disney

Is there a great disturbance in the force? The Hollywood Reporter thinks that there might be. Last week we learned that Academy Award winning screenwriter Michael Arndt had exited Star Wars: Episode VII. JJ Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan had taken over the screenwriting duties for the long awaited project. With that news a tad disconcerting, The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the project is looking to escape from their hard 2015 release date. 

“According to those close to the project, producer Kathleen Kennedy and most of the film's creative team have asked Disney to push the release to 2016, but studio CEO Robert Iger is adamant that Episode VII -- perhaps the franchise's most anticipated installment since 1999's The Phantom Menace -- not budge. That has created enormous pressure on all involved, with director J.J. Abrams stepping in to take over scripting duties with Lawrence Kasdan, who co-wrote 1980's Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, considered the best film in the series”.

Read the full story here at The Hollywood Reporter

However, other sources are saying that “Abrams has become autocratic in recent months, wresting some casting control from Kennedy. But others disputed that notion, saying Abrams and Kennedy both have been involved in casting sessions. Unlike Kennedy, Abrams is said to be more in sync with Iger's desire to meet the 2015 release target -- which allows zero margin for error -- at all costs”.

My take on the subject is that we haven’t had any solid/ official Star Wars news yet. With one year anniversary, of its announcement, having passed, the press is looking/ fishing for anything on the project. I wonder where we will be one year from now? Two years ago we were looking forward to new Clone Wars episodes and Star Wars 1313. My, how things have changed. 

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ElBaz13 10/31/2013 10:47:40 AM

I will say it again. Why are they adamant for a summer 2015 release? They will just be eating ticket sales from Avengers 2. Plus a "small fillm" called MOS 2 is also coming out.

They should go holiday season. It gives them another 6 months of production. I don't mind even if they wait for 2016. Not much competition so far that summer. I don't want a rushed product.

BoldlyNoted 10/31/2013 11:02:12 AM

Yeah- don't rush Star Wars.

Also, Don't add the Mandarin as a Sith Lord.

Or Kratos for that matter.

Tevii 10/31/2013 11:56:09 AM

This has me a little worried. 

I know they want a return on their $4B investment. But if they rush it too much they could kill the entire franchise. Just make sure its not rushed and the property will pay for itself.

Id rather wait until 2016 if it will be a better product. Besides, 2015 is already inundated with a great lineup of films that might actually hurt its Box Office anyway.

larkcall 10/31/2013 12:02:43 PM

Not me.  They did the same thing with Star Trek 5, and that turned out fine!

hanso 10/31/2013 12:25:06 PM

 If Phantom Menace didnt kill the franchise, nothing will.

millean 10/31/2013 1:04:23 PM

Meesa has a bombad feeling about this!  :)

6dra6on6 10/31/2013 1:22:01 PM

I agree with Hanso!

DarkJedi41 10/31/2013 1:38:05 PM

 MOS2? If they do this right it will blow MOS2 out of the water. I am a big Sup fan but that movie was a let down. DC is way behind Marvel in terms of the bid screen.

dnbritt 10/31/2013 1:48:22 PM

The more control Abrams wrests from Kennedy and her ilk, the better.  Watching the casting videos where everyone gritted their teeth and agreed that Jake Lloyd was great! was one of the most demoralizing points in my Star Wars fandom.  Abrams gets real actors and gets great performances from them.

Chopsticksmaloy 10/31/2013 9:03:07 PM

Didn't J.J. Abrams once say "I'm making a movie. Not a deadline."? 

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