STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Team Sought Delay to 2016; Disney Adamant about 2015 Release

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Making a movie is not an easy undertaking.  There’s extended development of the script, assembling the creative team, casting, the actual shooting of the film, editing, prolonged post-production work, and everything in between.  In most cases, this all adds up to about two years total on any given film.  In the case of something like Star Wars, bringing such a massive property to life is even more intense.  One year ago, Disney announced that it had purchased Lucasfilm and was planning a new trilogy of Star Wars films, with Episode VII due for release in 2015.  This January, J.J. Abrams was hired to direct the pic under the stewardship of producer Kathleen Kennedy.

Official news on the Episode VII front has been scant in the ensuing months, and last week we learned that Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan were taking over scripting duties from Michael Arndt, thus hinting at a script that is very much still in flux.  How can Episode VII still possibly be barreling towards a 2015 release date, then?  It turns out the Star Wars team actually requested a delay to 2016, but was denied.  Much more after the jump.

jj-abrams-star-wars-episode-viiWhile no official release date for Star Wars: Episode VII has been announced, Disney has reiterated over and over again that 2015 is the target date for the film.  Reports have pegged an early 2014 production start-date in London, but with the script apparently going in a different direction and casting yet to be firmed up, that deadline looks to be cutting things very close.

The folks over at THR are hearing that Kennedy and “most of the film’s creative team” have asked Disney to push the release of Episode VII to 2016 in order to give them ample time to deliver a worthwhile effort, but Disney CEO Bob Iger is unflinching in his desire to get the film out in 2015—likely a result of shareholder pressure to have the revenue from both the film and merchandizing by the end of 2015, the date promised from the very beginning.

The report notes that Abrams is said to be “more in sync” with Iger’s 2015 target than Kennedy, with some sources saying Abrams has been taking more authoritative control over casting from Kennedy in recent months.  Other sources, however, dispute this notion, saying Abrams and Kennedy have been very much working in concert on the casting sessions.

kathleen-kennedy-jj-abrams-george-lucas-star-warsAnother interesting tidbit gleaned from the THR piece is word that screenwriter Michael Arndt apparently penned a 40 to 50-page treatment of Episode VII before Lucasfilm was even sold to Disney, confirming that plans for a new trilogy have very much been in the works for some time.  The report doesn’t spend too much time on Arndt’s departure from the project, only saying that the Toy Story 3 scribe was “ready to move on to other projects.”

All this to say that the pressure is very much on for Episode VII to meet (or exceed) extremely high expectations, and all involved are working around the clock to bring the film to fruition.  Whether the tension between Abrams and Kennedy is being exaggerated or is completely unfounded, the producer has plenty of experience working with very high-profile directors on very high-profile projects (Kennedy has been Steven Spielberg’s longtime producer for many years), so I imagine the collaboration between Abrams and Kennedy will be fine.  Hopefully the added pressure from Disney to get the film out in 2015 doesn’t result in a rushed or half-baked finished product.  Whatever the case, expect to hear official word regarding Star Wars: Episode VII before the holidays or after the New Year, assuming the early 2014 production start-date sticks.

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  • http://www.scifihistory.net/ E. Lee Zimmerman

    JJ’s set his sights on ruining this franchise, too, so methinks it’s bound to happen.

    • Kevin

      Yeah, because the new trilogy didn’t do that.

      • Oviraptor

        The Prequels are good.

      • AdeoAdversary

        Are you high, or twelve years old, or both???

      • maneo

        you are a dumb shit obviously. Prequels are good movies.

        jj abrams, now that shit is a fucking arrogant hack.

      • MEY

        You’re such a productive and creative person in creating newer and newer nicknames, old friend. Let’s look at the other comments… oh yes… I found it, you are ‘natlaie’ as well. Such a fantastic version of ‘nancy’ and ‘natasha’ and other obvious supportive nicknames (pretending that you’re a woman)…

        But here you are ‘maneo’, jesus, it’s like magneto, attracting the care you don’t receive in the field of star trek script writing…

        oh yes, I know, a dumb shit I am… obviously.

      • Merlin235

        What? Really? I can honestly say I’ve heard those opinions online before, but never together. Those are definitely minority opinions so to hold both of them is impressive.

      • maneo

        you are a dumb shit obviously. Prequels are good movies.

        jj abrams, now that shit is a fucking arrogant hack.

      • Kevin

        They have good moments, but are overall not as good as the original series.

      • mattinacan

        this is why we don’t take bath salts

      • Sandis Rozuleja Dvorovs

        100% agree with you, the prequels were really good and of course there is always a room for improvements!…

      • Mekt_Ranzz

        Everyone should watch this for greater appreciation of the prequels. George Lucas was really on to something when he created them.

        http://vimeo.com/41963839

      • Moby85

        I agree, the prequels were much better than the unfortunate reputation they get. Episode III I consider the best of all since the first time I saw it (at age 22, not 12) and still consider it the best.

      • Sahem

        the prequels are far better than anything that the jj abrams will puke out. The prequels are good dumbass.

      • Sahem

        the prequels are far better than anything that the jj abrams will puke out. The prequels are good dumbass.

    • Norrtron

      Must be nice to have such a positive outlook on life.

    • bombinUSA

      Here you are posting from your mother’s basement and with a job at mcdonalds as a career choice ragging on J.J Abrams, that’s pretty hilarious i must say. lol

      • http://www.scifihistory.net/ E. Lee Zimmerman

        LOL! It’s funny what some people project.

    • natlaie

      JJ IS GOING TO RUIN star wars, that is a fact.

      I can not watch any star trek show or official 10 movies (not counting the remakes by the hack jj) anymore, because it just reminds me that jj the shit head abrams ruined the franchise for good.

      I will not be able to watch any star wars now, because jj IS GOING TO RUIN star wars too.

      • MEY

        Hi again, maneo-natlaie-nancy-natasha-plus other 86 nicknames, just greeting you again expressing that everybody is happy that you will not be able to watch any star wars in the future.

        Really, you make everybody totally glad. Thx for this.
        And now you can relax and watch some porn on your favorite website

      • humbala

        And Jar Jar is going to taste your ass, that is a fact, too.

  • TJW

    Just move it to 2016, sheesh.

    • mattinacan

      right, like there aren’t already 100 tent poles scheduled for 2015.

      • Wampa Clown

        Nothing that’s bigger than Star Wars, that’s for sure.

      • mattinacan

        uh, yes there is

      • Wampa Clown

        Not in the theaters anyway; that’s a fact backed by money. I guarantee Star Wars will outsell/demolish every movie that comes out that year.

      • mattinacan

        Avengers crushed all of the Star Wars movies at the B.O. So i would hang on to your guarantee there kiddo.

      • TJW

        The first four Star Wars movies, including the god awful Phantom Menace, all sold more tickets domestically than The Avengers. If they get this remotely right, with today’s drastically expanded international markets, inflated ticket prices and 3D/IMAX surcharges, VII will top The Avengers worldwide.

      • Anonymous

        The first four Star Wars movies, including the good Phantom Menace,
        all sold more tickets domestically than The Avengers. If they get this
        remotely right, with today’s drastically expanded international markets,
        inflated ticket prices and 3D/IMAX surcharges, VII will top The
        Avengers worldwide.

      • adilrye

        The Avengers 2 and World’s Finest might give Star Wars a run for it’s money.
        In the end though, Disney being behind 2/3 movies referenced, they’re laughing all the way to the bank.

    • Dev1359

      They really should…the fact that they threw out Arndt’s entire script and are starting from scratch this close to the start of production is very worrying.

      • Wampa Clown

        They didn’t “throw out” the script. Kasdan and Abrams are only polishing up the script…not writing a new one.

      • Dev1359

        Except they DID throw out the script: http://geeknation.com/michael-arndt-no-longer-writing-star-wars-episode-vii-abrams-and-kasdan-to-pen-screenplay/

        Arndt’s screenplay was reportedly the whole reason why there was talk of Abrams being unhappy and wanting to leave the project over the summer. They’re starting all over from scratch with a new story and new characters.

      • Wampa Clown

        I can assure you, they are indeed using the treatment that Arndt wrote and simply polishing it up. That’s what Kennedy meant when she said “I am very excited about the story we have in place” and “Arndt has done a terrific job bringing this far…”

        The article you posted is simply nothing more than the typical fear-mongering rumor-milling rubbish you find on the net.

      • Joseph M

        Naive. She’s a producer. Part of her job description is to lie to the media about how well the project is going. Abrams isn’t completely happy with where Arndt took the story.

      • me

        How could they toss out the entire story and start with new characters and a new story when these are based on Lucas’ plans for post episode 6? I think you are mistaken.

      • Dev1359

        I’m simply repeating what’s been reported. Abrams seemingly wanted full control of the project or else he was going to leave. Considering how badly Kathleen Kennedy wants Abrams to do Star Wars (which was very badly, she reportedly spent a month trying to convince him and it wasn’t until she visited him at his Bad Robot office and made a whole pitch to him that he agreed to come on board) it’s certainly feasible that if he was unhappy with the story that Lucas had planned out that they might be giving him the freedom to throw it out and do his own thing.

  • axalon

    Deadlines can be great, but this sounds like rushing and that’s how things get sloppy and mistakes are made

    • Merlin235

      I can understand your concern, except we’re still talking about two years away. You really think they need more than 3 years to bring this to the screen?

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  • http://villings.tumblr.com/ [A]

    What I would like more is that they keep fighting over this for a long time, so long that JJ Abrams will just leave and a real, talented director could then be hired

  • Nomis1700

    May the force be with them. Yeah I know, I just said that.

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  • BradZuhl

    Lucas set the bar pretty low with the last three films, so hopefully JJ and Kasdan can improve on those!

  • kps

    I got a bad feeling about this…

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    If there is any truth in this then Disney would be wise to set aside business agendas such as stockholders interest and focus on making the best film possible. You would think that a person in Iger’s position would have enough business knowledge to know that by delivering the best possible product will reap higher rewards. If the movie turns out to be great because they delayed it one more year then people will continue buying the DVD’s and merchandise many years after it is released. I hate when you see a film rushed into theaters just so they can make a deadline (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and it shows on screen the poor results (cartoon looking claws). Trust the talent you hired and back their decision for the allowed time to work on the screenplay before rushing into production.

    • JBug

      First Class was rushed, but managed success by having smart writing and good acting. These don’t take that much time. It’s the directing that can get sloppy.

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        True. And that’s not the only film that has found success with a rushed deadline but when you hire someone on to oversee your big franchise you should trust their judgement if they request an extension of 6 months, since they are saying Dec 2015 is now the release date, and wait until May of 2016. The Star Wars series was completely dormant after Episode III and people just assumed that was the end of the series. So what could another 6 months really do if only to help polish the script?

  • enderandrew

    Arndt’s 50 page script treatments aren’t news. When Disney bought Lucasfilm, the initial announcement specifically said that the deal included the rights to all 3 script treatments Arndt wrote for VII, VIII and IX.

    • Dev1359

      I thought Arndt only wrote the script for VII?

      • enderandrew

        Arndt wrote treatments for all 3 films, and those 3 were part of the Disney/Lucasfilm deal. Then he got the job to write the full VII script, before recently losing that to Kasdam and Abrams.

  • mattinacan

    JJ is a poor man’s Spielberg. his movies have all the polish, flash and crowd pleasing epic-ness of classic Spielberg pictures, but without the heart. JJ’s movies are hollow, clunky, and poorly written.

    • Kevin

      Can’t blame the writing on him, unless you are talking about Super 8, which is fantastic and has great heart.

      • Me

        Yeah it did feel like a Spielberg film most of the way but the ending stunk and you realized it was all hollow in the end as with much he has a hand in. Lost was near perfect too until the wrap up. And the whole parallel universe thing he appeared to be building up for Lost suddenly got taken away from that, where it worked, and tossed into Star Trek, where it did not work. Of course this time he isn’t making the story so that problem won’t be there, so it might turn out very well in his hands, we’ll see.

    • JBug

      Haha – Super 8 and Star Trek

    • mattinacan

      You are making my point for me. Super 8 & Star Trek are great examples. They want to be Spielberg, need to be Spielberg, beg to be Spielberg. But at the end of the day they fall way short.

      • The Flobbit

        Because there is only one Spielberg.

      • JBug

        They’re high quality movies. I don’t care who inspired them. It’s hard to enjoy things when constantly comparing them to others.

      • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

        I wouldn’t totally disagree that they’re aiming to be Spielberg, but aren’t as good. That’s not really saying much. No one has ever out Spielberged Spielberg.

      • amulya

        lol that kid riley griffiths the fat one in the movie goes to my school. and he’s a complete idiot. just felt like saying.

    • The Flobbit

      I wholeheartedly agree.

    • MEY

      Goldberg Spielberg Goldberg Spielberg Goldberg Spielberg

  • Kevin

    Either way, it will still be the best Star Wars film in over 30 years.

    • The Flobbit

      Can it beat Sith? I doubt it. Heavily.

      • JBug

        I loved Episode III.

      • Norrtron

        Episode III really isn’t that amazing. Compared to Episodes I & II it’s a masterpiece, but it already hasn’t aged well. JJ actually knows how to direct actors, that alone should make his Star Wars better then all the prequels combined.

      • The Flobbit

        Sith started out with just some typicalm lightsaber action, Natalie Portman moping around, but the ending is absolutely brutal, haunting, and stunning. It really packs a hard punch.

      • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

        Didn’t someone die of a broken heart in that film?
        Didn’t Darth Vader scream, “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!” while the camera zoomed away in that movie?

      • mbmarquis69

        There was a pretty over-the-top “NOOOOO” from Luke in Empire… I guess the difference is, it happened in Empire.

      • Norrtron

        Cheesy acting was more forgivable in 70′s movies.

      • Job 314

        Luke’s “NOOOO” wasn’t nearly as bad as Vader’s in EpIII. That one was just embarrassing!

      • Job 314

        Luke’s “NOOOO” wasn’t nearly as bad as Vader’s in EpIII. That one was just embarrassing!

      • Kevin

        Yeah, that’s not too hard. And I like Revenge of the Sith. It has some great scenes and possibly the best lightsaber fight ever. But it also has some big faults. With all the talent behind VII (Arndt, Abrams,etc.), I would be shocked if it is not better than that.

  • The Flobbit

    Please, just delay it. 2015 is going to collapse under it’s own weight, and a lot of people are going to get out of the way or flop.

  • jack

    Because they won’t get enough revenue from film and merchandise for Avengers: Age of Ultron? It would be smart to have another huge grosser the following year

    • http://www.facebook.com/josiahcoulter19 Josiah Coulter

      But they’re planning on a Star Wars spin-off in 2016, so they don’t wanna push all of the Star Wars films back.

  • Wampa Clown

    May 2015 is plenty of time to get a good movie out the door. The story is in place thanks to Arndt (which incidentally, is all he was tasked with). Kasdan and Abrams are finalizing the script to polish it up (pretty like what Kasdan did with Empire). Casting is pretty much well in place already. Principle photography begins in March and will last until May. Post-production will have almost a full year to complete their scenes.

    In other words, people need to relax. This movie is going to be good.

    • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

      I would assume their fear is related to Ardnt taking a year to NOT finish the script. Now we’re a few months away from starting and they just switched hands. If things continue at the rate of the last year, we’ve got big problems. However, if the news stories are putting entirely wrong spin on the story (and this is a simple re-write and casting has progressed), we’re fine.

      • Wampa Clown

        The script is finished. Arndt was hired to write a story and that’s what he did. Now he’s moving on to other obligations while Kasdan and Abrams polish up the script. This is pretty standard procedure.

      • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

        If it is a standard polish job, I totally agree with you. Some sources (which isn’t saying much considering the number of false rumors surrounding this project) are indicating it’s more than a mere script polish. In that case I understand the concern.

  • Yup

    When Star Wars artists are limited, in Money, Time, Technology, Faith from Studio…it produced Episode IV.

    When Star Wars was given unlimited Money, Time, Technology, Faith from Studio…it produced the Prequels.

    I like the rush they will feel and the pressure to make decisive decisions.
    Force them to use their imaginations and stick to their gut instincts.

    • SergeantLuke

      Episode IV was supposed to come out in 1976, but they decided to delay it to 1977 so they could have more time.

  • Strong Enough

    is it really that hard to write the fuckin story? they had a year and change to do it and still they want a push back. they just want to hold it in as much as possible before casting. They are so afraid to announce any casting hoping it doesn’t blow up in their faces. it’s ridiculous. we are only 2 months away from 2014 and nothing new has come out.

    shook ones

    • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

      When the stakes are this high, YES. There has to be an enormous amount of people second guessing decisions after the backlash towards the prequels.

      • Strong Enough

        they have had plenty of time. but it is completely silent on there end. not even a hint at plot as come out. we as fans deserve a little news especially this close to shooting

      • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

        It is a pretty strange how few updates we’ve received over the last year. Especially the last 6 months.

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    • bombinUSA

      pacific rim 2 has been confirmed after grossing 400 million world wide, boy you shouldn’t be really talking about movies you clearly have no idea how the business works. lol fn idiot

      • Strong Enough

        wow that came from left field lmaoo. where did you come from?

      • bombinUSA

        IM BACK MOTHA F****A

      • Strong Enough

        welcome

      • bombinUSA

        IM BACK MOTHA F****A

      • HerbalHobgoblin

        Feel free to post that confirmation link…only way P.R. 2 happens is with half the budget and Geronimo giving up all his points..

  • Harry

    Oh please. Just delay it. 1) the creative team have requested it, 2) 2015 is already PACKED with big films, even from Disney anyway, what’s the point of cramming all your eggs in one basket. The avengers and star wars are probably the most anticipated upcoming films. If the avengers is being released in 2015, then 2016 can be for star wars. 3) No-one wants it rushed. There are actually fans out here !..

    • Alan David

      How are you forgetting Batman vs Superman. Are you dumb?

      • Harry

        ‘Batman vs Superman’ isn’t Disney… and since when did I forget it anyway? I said ’2015 is packed with big films’.. Just because I don’t mention the details of a generalization doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten it. It just means I haven’t brought it up. I haven’t mentioned my name but it doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten it.. My point was that Disney have huge films set for 2015, Avengers and Star Wars for example. So Star Wars can be delayed for 2016, which will make the fans happy as they don’t want it rushed, the creative team wlll be happy because they don’t want it rushed either, and hopefully Disney will see reason that a film that has taken more time to perfect will be better for them in the long-term run, and that they can focus 2015 on the avengers, and then also have a smash hit ready for 2016. So there are many reasons to delay it’s release date. But yes, as I say, ‘Batman vs Superman’ isn’t Disney, so what’s your argument? and are you seriously suggesting I’M dumb?.

  • Petar

    Sorry but Abrams like Kathleen Kennedy and he wil stand with her not Disney. Even last night on Tavis Smiley he talk about her and in every interview he talk for her so i think he really like her.

  • NoDecaf

    If anything was worth doing right, it’s this. Do what you have to do.

  • bombinUSA

    bunch of selfish jews at disney.

    • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

      Wow…you just said that in public. People really do feel comfortable saying anything in comment sections.

      • bombinUSA

        what, are you saying jews don’t run the financial sector of the world? is it not common knowledge that they do whatever it takes to make the quick buck? oh im sorry for being so honest.

      • Kevin

        Jews don’t run the financial sector of the world. They do not do whatever it takes to make a quick buck. Your bigoted statements are false.

      • bombinUSA

        shutup zion lover.

      • Kevin

        Go ahead, prove that I’m wrong, Adolf.

      • bombinUSA

        shutup zion lover.

  • bombinUSA

    what these nimrods at disney fail to realize is that IF they make a bad product by rushing for a 2015 release date, the profits for future films will take a hit. Just look at the last trilogy…hype and anticipation made phantom menace gross over 1 billion even though it was garbage, attack of the clones made 400 million dollars less than phantom menace! 400 million! Why? Because of the sour taste movie goers had in their mouths from the first one. Clones was an improvement over phantom, and when sith came around it grossed about 200 million more than Clones because it had good reviews (relatively speaking)…but its pretty freaking sad how the worst movie from that trilogy made the most money.

    If we look at the Dark knight trilogy, its world wide wide box office numbers trended upwards between each…why? Batman begins set a prescedent by being very good and movie goers were craving for the dark knight which was better than its predecessor. even though rises may have been a let down, due to the strength of dark knight it grossed the most money across the world.

    the point is this, if these peons at disney rush the film to make a quick buck they’re actually hurting themselves from making more money longterm. IF Star wars VII is rushed and turns out to be crap, the desire to watch VIII will be far less…why care about a sequel to a bad movie? As walter white said, disney’s best course of action is to tread lightly!

  • Daniel

    I love Star Wars and have ever since I was a kid, but c’mon, guys, we all know this movie’s gonna be a piece of sh*t. We’ll all still watch it anyway, and we’ll all keep loving Star Wars, and our kids and grandkids will keep dressing as Yoda and asking for merchandise for Christmas til the end of time, and Disney will keep raking in mountains of cash from it for just as long. As long as we still have the old movies, the fantastic offshoots that come around every once in a while, and the wonderful memories of the Galaxy Far, Far Away, I think we can forgive the money-grubbing shareholders their frankly heartless business planning…

  • Nathan

    To be fair the original trilogy was under even greater strain. But still, push it to 2016! Even from a business standpoint 2015 is a bad idea.

  • 80sRobot

    Arndt was hired to do the story. He will probably be credited with “Story by” alongside Lucas. For some reason he isn’t writing out the actual screenplay, but this is not unusual in this industry. My speculation is that Arndt was always in charge of fleshing out the story based on Lucas’ rough outline and ideas. So Arndt wrote out the characters and story beats. Kasdan is working on the first draft of the screenplay, and he’s involved to align Arndt’s work so that it fits within the “Star Wars mythos.” Abrams is good with pacing out action sequences (MI:3) and he’s definitely capable of emulating another filmmaker’s style (Super 8), so this is why he’s involved directly with the screenplay. Color me an optimist, but I think the screenplay itself is on track.

    However, my prediction is that they will delay the release until holiday season 2015, perhaps in December. There are other production issues that are more problematic than the screenplay.

    • Northern Star

      Arndt handed in a finished and completed draft of the screenplay this past summer – remember the pic of red-paged scripts on the Bad Robot Twitter feed? – before leaving of his own volition in late August/early September to pursue other projects. Jar Jar Abrams and Larry Kasdan are now polishing that script right up until cameras roll around March next year… them’s the fact, ma’am!

      Wednesday, May 20th, 2015… here we come!

    • Sten

      The pacing of the action sequences in M:I 3 was the worst of all four films because of the f***ing shakycam! Same with the action sequences in both new Star Treks: couldn’t fix my eyes on one point. I really hope, the studio learns from the brilliance that is Gravity and forces Abrams to show us everything, that is going on instead of the fucking fuck fuck shakycam. I can’t stand it anymore. The best use of this technique was in Skandinavian Dogma 95 films, the Bourne trilogy, and recently in Man of Steel. Although I was surprised by that as I really love Zack Snyder’s SlowMo technique.

      All I want is the awesomeness of a big starship crossing the screen slowly with the right John Williams track playing over it. And some nice lightsaber duels. No shakycam, please!

      • 80sRobot

        I agree — I HATE shakycam (because it makes me nauseous). But consider the possibility that Abrams was hired to emulate the style of Lucas’ directing (in ANH) and Kershner’s (in ESB) in the best possible manner. Abrams did a very passable emulation of Spielberg’s 80′s style in Super 8. The original trilogy had no shakycam.

      • Sten

        He should go for Kershner as he is the best Star Wars director. The change of pacing from ANH with its staged and unmoving camera to the great Empire with its unbound camera movements made that point very clear. Marquand was good, too, but the Ewoks were a first sign of Lucas’ greedy kids merchandise obsession that would lead to the Prequels.
        Never saw an Abrams film without the shakycam, so I don’t have that much hope… :(

  • the truth

    Delaying the film will not make it any better, JJ is such a banal person. Nothing original comes out of him. Even his shit and piss looks like other peoples shit and piss. Hence, his shit and piss are even remake crap.

  • the truth

    Delaying the film will not make it any better, JJ is such a banal person. Nothing original comes out of him. Even his shit and piss looks like other peoples shit and piss. Hence, his shit and piss are even remake crap.

  • 1977

    Hey hey hey, guess how many jews is takes to screw up a popular franchise like star wars?

    answer-

    1 jew, and that jew is the hack jj abrams.

    He already ruined one franchise, star trek, oh so why not let him ruin another one? DUMBASSES!

  • 1977

    Hey hey hey, guess how many jews is takes to screw up a popular franchise like star wars?

    answer-

    1 jew, and that jew is the hack jj abrams.

    He already ruined one franchise, star trek, oh so why not let him ruin another one? DUMBASSES!

    • http://www.facebook.com/josiahcoulter19 Josiah Coulter

      You are a racist piece of shit. Star Trek was REVIVED and made better than ever by Abrams. GTFO.

      • Mitchell Taco Nash

        Well, since the Jewish faith isn’t really a race, they’re not really racist. They’re definitely a bigot, though.

    • Joseph M

      Lucas is a Jew.

  • darkwing duck

    Yep, the news on this train wreck, oh I mean movie…..no I mean train wreck keeps getting worse all the time.

    Just get rid of the ass jj, he knows nothing.

  • darkwing duck

    Yep, the news on this train wreck, oh I mean movie…..no I mean train wreck keeps getting worse all the time.

    Just get rid of the ass jj, he knows nothing.

  • Seamus

    oh HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! this stupid shit has EPIC FAIL written all over it!

  • Seamus

    oh HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! this stupid shit has EPIC FAIL written all over it!

  • just my desserts

    Man just don’t bother. The movie was going to be shit anyway. Just fire jj and cancel this movie.

  • wand

    Give up Disney……or hire Lucas as director, or Neill Blomkamp

  • wand

    Give up Disney……or hire Lucas as director, or Neill Blomkamp

  • Pass it on

    psssst! This movie is fucked!

  • Pass it on

    psssst! This movie is fucked!

  • HerbalHobgoblin

    How can Star Trek 3 suck??? They found Spock for fucks sake….

  • HerbalHobgoblin

    How can Star Trek 3 suck??? They found Spock for fucks sake….

  • sense

    hearing about the hack jj abrams all the time……ugh……such old and shitty news.

    Get a new director disney……oh wait……it is still disney. Sell Star Wars back go George Lucas.

    • General Grevious

      Exactly!

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  • shine

    disney and jj abrams both are EPIC FAILURES!

    • the truth

      Totally!

      • maurice

        I a I a I agree as a well.

  • qhat

    JJ is an asshole and disney is…..also an asshole

  • Flashjordan

    Don’t push it, let this project breath. A decent first sequel will do far more good for the revival of the series than shitting out a flick based on a pre existing date.

    Responsibility to the shareholders has been the ruination of many. They know fuck all about film making and only care about cash.

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  • The_Smirking_Revenge

    This, fanboys and Abrams haters is the kind of shit that can actually ruin a film…Rushing it out and not giving the filmmakers the time to do it right.

  • JJ

    Would FAR prefer waiting an extra year for a GOOD film than watch a peice of crap thats meets Disney’s deadline…

  • shaunny

    FAIL!

    I knew jj juvenile jew abrams and disney were going to fuck star wars up.

    Someone kill jj abrams and shoot down disney headquarters, simply for screwing up star wars.

  • Bobby S

    Toy Story 3′s Arndt already supplied the theme song for Star Wars: Episode VII – You’ve Got a Friend in the Jedi.

  • Painted Pagliacci Of Perfidy

    Sorry Abrams and company, you’re going to have to drop whatever other piddly crap you’re currently working on and commit to this. As if it mattered.

  • hammersean

    First off this movie should not be happening. Secondly Disney is gonna rush everyone because they want it done at a certain time. Because of this the movie will suck and Disney will wonder why it sucked and probably hire someone else to do something that shouldn’t be done in the first place.

  • hammersean

    and for those of you who say the prequels are “really good” apparently are not old enough to enjoy the original Star Wars which were 100 times better than the garbage prequels.

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  • stofolupinoid

    This movie is going to be a car crash. If they are rushing the most important part of the production, the screenplay, then this is bound to be every bit as forgettable as Tron Legacy, Oz the Great and Powerfull, or the Alice in Wonderland sequel. What a shame.

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  • F.S.

    “The report notes that Abrams is said to be “more in sync” with Iger’s
    2015 target than Kennedy, with some sources saying Abrams has been
    taking more authoritative control over casting from Kennedy in recent
    months. Other sources, however, dispute this notion, saying Abrams and
    Kennedy have been very much working in concert on the casting sessions.”

    So, basically you are just spouting rumors and have no clue what is actually going on.

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