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.