Rumor: J.J. Abrams Wants to Push STAR WARS 7 to May 2016, But Disney Holding Strong with 2015 Date

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We almost made it an entire week with only two Star Wars rumor stories, but alas, we’ve got one more to close out the week.  To be fair, this latest rumor does have some weight to it, if only to clear up confusion regarding the possibility of a release date delay.  As you well know, Harrison Ford recently injured his leg pretty badly on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII.  The actor will be out of commission for two months, which is a significant blow to the production as Han Solo is said to play a major role in director J.J. Abrams’ sequel.  On Monday, a rumor surfaced that filming could maybe be postponed due to the injury, but now word comes that Disney is adamant that Episode VII will be released on December 18, 2015—despite the fact that Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy have apparently been lobbying for a delay to May.  Hit the jump to read on.

star-wars-episode-7-jj-abrams-kathleen-kennedyThe folks over at Latino Review are reporting that the release date of Star Wars 7 will absolutely not be delayed.  Abrams and Kennedy apparently would like the release date to be pushed to May 4, 2016—putting the film back into the traditional Star Wars release date—but Disney CEO Bob Iger has given a firm “no.”

One may think that delaying the Star Wars sequel a mere five months isn’t a big deal, but it would actually be a huge deal.  You see, when Bob Iger announced that Disney had purchased Lucasfilm for a very hefty sum and would be moving forward with a new series of Star Wars films, he promised shareholders a Star Wars movie in 2015.  Disney is, first and foremost, a business, and they are counting on an enormous amount of profits from Star Wars merchandise due on shelves for the 2015 holiday season.  There’s also the revenue from the movie as well.  This is and has always been the plan, and Iger doesn’t seem keen to deviate at this point.

As with all rumors, none of this is confirmed, but it is important to keep the business side of things in mind when speculating about things like release dates and production delays.  I’m not saying it’s right (I’d much rather have a good movie—the movie Abrams intended to make—rather than a movie that makes its initial release date).  But alas, it appears that Abrams and Kennedy will have to work around Ford’s injury and barrel towards Christmas 2015.

I’m sure Abrams realized that taking on Star Wars would be a herculean task when he signed on, but I wonder if, had he known what issues would arise (the script troubles, Ford’s injury, etc.), would he still have signed on?  I feel for the guy.  Hopefully it’ll be smooth sailing from here on out and it’ll all have been worth it come December 18, 2015.  At least Rian Johnson is already hard at work on Episode VIII, right?

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  • MIXTER

    Damn it Disney, postpone it! .. I would rather the film be great than early. A lot of fans want to see a May date for it anyway. But we have Han Solo in hospital for 6 months, and a Director under time pressure to deliver potentially the biggest most important movie of all time! A Star Wars movie worthy of the originals, and one to wash away 15 years of mostly bad star wars. Its only a few extra months, I’m sure we have patience.

    • Ruprect

      Movie? You think Disney gives two shits about the quality of the movie? You CAN’T be that niave. This is about toys on the shelves at Xmas. Nothing else.

      • Manuel Orozco

        What if it was time they cared about the movie more than the toys

      • Ruprect

        Disney is more concerned about their shareholders than they are about wishful fanboys like us.

      • Manuel Orozco

        Executives these days always out to make money and professionally ruin themselves

      • Ruprect

        Quarterly bonuses > Artistic integrity.

      • Manuel Orozco

        What’s that supposed to mean

      • Ruprect

        Pretty much just another way of saying what you said. It means that the exec who cancelled Firefly probably pocketed a pretty big bonus for saving the company some dough.

      • Manuel Orozco

        important thing is it’s driving me nuts

      • Manuel Orozco

        By the way Firefly is that a show that Amy Jo Johnson later starred on after exiting the Power Rangers

      • Manuel Orozco

        Sorry i was wrong

      • eternalozzie

        take a drink … some nerd just mentioned Firefly

      • Ruprect

        Yah … what are the odds on a site like this, eh?

      • MIXTER

        True that Disney operates as a business, but i do believe (and hope) that the most sensible business decision is to make a movie that we all like. They have seen Lucasfilms recent track record, sure kids like the prequels, but most fans of the originals saw them as horific, even people that work at Disney would have thought so, including J.J.

        So to try and pander to toddlers again would wipe out half their potential fan base. Its lil kids that buy the cheaper toys etc, but the big money stuff that sideshow.gentle giant make, thats from us geeks. In the beginning, Star Wars was for everyone! Not just for kids. If Disney wants to make its billions back, it needs to make Star Wars for everyone again. Thanks to the prequels, and early episodes of clone wars, and games that got cancelled Disney has acquired Lucasfilm with the gift of hindsight.

        They’re doing a pretty decent job with Marvel etc, some may think not, but i urge those people to see what marvels films were like when i was drowing up in the 80s/90s. See Captain America before the new two. Hell, some comics never made it to film at all, now we have franchises.

      • Ruprect

        All that you say makes sense to me …. but …. Well, let me put it to you this way …. We have yet to see an Incredibles 2 but they are about to put out the 4th film in the CARS universe. That says it all.

      • MIXTER

        Thats true. But, I remember John Lassetter once saying Incredibles 2 would only happen if the script/story was right, and not just do a sequel for the sake of it. And now i hear the film is getting made. But cars, well that made a lot of money too, mostly for kids, and toys. Bread n butter money. Thats how i see that too. As a business, one still needs something reliable to rake in cash. But, Star Wars is more than that.

        People hate cars films because it aint incredibles, it aint unique, and its like pixar lost its edge, but, some films just need to soak up money like a sponge. thats why there are 3 or 4 Lion King sequels on dvd. And Transformers. they make money. But, they don’t get the respect needed to keep it rolling in from everyone. Transformers 4 got shitty reviews, but i bet it makes tonnes of cash, but from kids and teens.

        But, Star Wars will blow them out the water cash wise, but, if Disney makes the first film suck just as a quick cash grab, well, after the prequels too, episodes 8 and 9 may suffer and destroy the franchise. These films have a lot at stake. Probably more so than any other movie ever. Star Wars needs to ressurect the franchise from 15 years of cgi, jar jar covered mess.

      • MichaelRWorthingon

        Thanks to all you guys, it doesn’t matter if they make a good movie or not. You will be giving them your money anyway. Iger isn’t dumb …but he knows you are.

        (and ok not all of you…just the ones who ensure there are bad movies for all of us by paying to see crappy films all the time.)

      • MIXTER

        I’d agree with you on any other movie such as transformers. But this is Star Wars. Only most chicks and lil old ladies don’t go to the cinema to see a Star Wars movie!

      • The Flobbit

        I think you’re underestimating Disney. Making Star Wars a good movie is the top of their priority list, because it needs to be good to be a hit. They aren’t just evil moneysuckers trying to sell lightsaber toys…

      • Ruprect

        I think Abrams, Kennedy, Kasdan and the cast and crew want to make a good movie. Iger and the rest of the corpo-suits are MUCH more interested in the weekend grosses and quarterly merch sales than they are the Rotten Tomatoes score.

      • The Flobbit

        I think you’re underestimating Disney. Making Star Wars a good movie is the top of their priority list, because it needs to be good to be a hit. They aren’t just evil moneysuckers trying to sell lightsaber toys…

  • Avery Merrick

    Two possible scenarios:
    1) It stays where it is.
    2) It moves to May 4th (Dawn of Justice moves for sure), Disney keeps that slot for a Marvel Studios film (Captain America 3), Muppets 3, Pirates 5, Planes 3, a live-action fairy tale film, or a Walt Disney Animation Studios film (Kung Fu Panda 3 moves).

    • TigerFIST

      Yeah moving to may 2016 would be stupid. You already have cap 3 and sups vs. Bats on same day

    • HORSEFLESH

      Moving it doesn’t solve the problem of Star Wars merchandise and Christmas which is all the shareholders and toy companies care about. Bob Iger will do what the shareholders want or they’ll have his head and his bonus. Most of the money will be earned by merchandise not the film.

      • Manuel Orozco

        We should not care about merchindice anymore they don’t have means to the big money

      • HORSEFLESH

        Star Wars merchandise makes more money than the films.

      • Manuel Orozco

        I don’t give a shit about that

      • HORSEFLESH

        But Disney do and it is they who are paying for, and making Star Wars, not you.

      • Manuel Orozco

        Ha ha see if I goddamn care

      • HORSEFLESH

        Obviously you do care since you’re clearly so annoyed about it.

      • Manuel Orozco

        I am annoyed by the fact that these sequels reboot and remakes are happening weither the fans wanted them of not and the people behind the camera care about making money I blame the recession

      • HORSEFLESH

        No one’s saying you don’t have a choice; you don’t like them, don’t go see them, there are plenty of fans who do want them and will see them regardless of what we say. I don’t see why I should spoil someone else’s enjoyment since I’m not paying for these films. Fans don’t own the films.

      • Manuel Orozco

        Fine

    • Manuel Orozco

      Let’s just see what happens for all i care second would not mind seeing Muppets 3 despite not being confirmed yet

    • blkyank

      Dawn of Justice would simply move up to fill Star Wars original release spot if it moved back to May 2016 since Cap3 would not be ready that soon.

      WB (if rumors are true) would still have SHAZAM to release in the summer of 2016 and that film might benefit from having the full marketing muscle of WB pushing it going into that summer without BVS sucking up all the air.

  • DARTH MUPPET

    It ain’t moving guys. As Adam pointed out, there are already too many business deals in place and delaying it again would royally piss off the Disney Shareholders(you know, the ones who paid for the film). Also, you have to take all these rumors with a huge grain of salt. Are things likely hectic right now due to Ford’s injury? Yep, but they’ll find a way to make it work. Rumors of problems behind the scenes also guarantee more clickety clicks on websites that depend on hits to make money. Besides, there were massive problems behind the scenes on the OT and I think that actually worked in those films’ favor.

  • DARTH MUPPET

    It ain’t moving guys. As Adam pointed out, there are already too many business deals in place and delaying it again would royally piss off the Disney Shareholders(you know, the ones who paid for the film). Also, you have to take all these rumors with a huge grain of salt. Are things likely hectic right now due to Ford’s injury? Yep, but they’ll find a way to make it work. Rumors of problems behind the scenes also guarantee more clickety clicks on websites that depend on hits to make money. Besides, there were massive problems behind the scenes on the OT and I think that actually worked in those films’ favor.

    • M&M

      Spot on.
      I ain’t about art, it’s all about money.

    • mbmarquis69

      Films have survived the death of actors. Star Wars will survive Han Solo with a broken leg. If they have to graft Ford’s head onto another actor’s body for a few scenes, they have ILM at their disposal to pull that off. Now, if something happens to Ford’s head between now and then…..

    • mbmarquis69

      Films have survived the death of actors. Star Wars will survive Han Solo with a broken leg. If they have to graft Ford’s head onto another actor’s body for a few scenes, they have ILM at their disposal to pull that off. Now, if something happens to Ford’s head between now and then…..

  • MITIOR

    You lost me at latino review.. But hey I still clicked your article

    • Frank

      I always hate it when I “hit the jump”, and the first sentence is “According to a report by Latino Review…”

      • collidersucksharrysnuts

        I really hate the term “hit the jump.” Why can’t these fuckers just say “click to read more”?

        Collider can suck Harry Knowles’ deeply retracted and engorged scrotums.

      • Aquartertoseven

        I really hate that term when it’s used on literally EVERY SINGLE ARTICLE THEY HAVE AND WILL EVER DO.

      • The Flobbit

        What the flying hell does Hit the Jump mean? They make it sound like some sort of military operation, or perhaps NASA slang for a complicated propulsion technique…

        Try, “click the button to continue.”

      • A Person

        What makes even less sense is when it says “hit the jump for more” or whatever partway through the article itself, then continues on the same page without you having to click anything.

      • A Person

        What makes even less sense is when it says “hit the jump for more” or whatever partway through the article itself, then continues on the same page without you having to click anything.

      • A Person

        What makes even less sense is when it says “hit the jump for more” or whatever partway through the article itself, then continues on the same page without you having to click anything.

      • Um, Sure

        Start your own web site and you can call it anything you want.

      • The Flobbit

        What the flying hell does Hit the Jump mean? They make it sound like some sort of military operation, or perhaps NASA slang for a complicated propulsion technique…

        Try, “click the button to continue.”

  • Person

    Bottom line > creative integrity. Same story as always. Better start re-writing and re-shuffling schedules while they can.

  • MJ

    From JJ’s point of view, he has a built in excuse now if the movie disappoints.

  • Tyler

    So, if you hate the film, remember DISNEY fucked it up, not Abrams.

    • The Flobbit

      Haha. Because everyone loves a scapegoat, and Disney is so big and corporate and faceless and evil than why don’t we blame THEM if Edgar Wright is fired and if Abrams is way behind schedule, huh? Because the directors and the producers are never, ever to blame.

      • Tyler

        Disney is to blame because they didn’t give Abrams enough time to finish it. So if the film felt like it could’ve had a little more time in the oven, then you know who is responsible.

      • The Flobbit

        Abrams has been onboard for a year and a half. Don’t talk to me about rushing. Secondly, the quality of a film are not judged by how long they are in production. Some films are shot in 2 months, and they’re awesome, and other movies go into production for a year and a half, and are crap.

        But yeah, if the movie looks rushed, I’ll blame Disney.

      • Tyler

        Disney is to blame because they didn’t give Abrams enough time to finish it. So if the film felt like it could’ve had a little more time in the oven, then you know who is responsible.

      • MJ

        Actually, that is usually about right. Not always, but usually.

    • The Flobbit

      Haha. Because everyone loves a scapegoat, and Disney is so big and corporate and faceless and evil than why don’t we blame THEM if Edgar Wright is fired and if Abrams is way behind schedule, huh? Because the directors and the producers are never, ever to blame.

  • mari

    You can’t rush art…

    • The Flobbit

      But you can rush a film thats been in pre-production for a year and a half.

  • Manuel Orozco

    Enough of these goddamn rumors for this week. There’s no way JJ Abrahms would stop Episode 7 from becoming the first holiday Star Wars release

  • cloud720

    Isn’t the spinoff in 2016? Would that get pushed back if episode 7 was pushed to 2016?

  • Strong Enough

    oh yeah i totally feel for J.J. who grew up a massive star wars fan now getting to usher in a new trilogy like a wet childhood dream coming true. oh yeah. smh

    lets all cry J.J. a river while he soaks himself in hundred dollar bills being thrown by chewie atop the falcon

    whenever someone says life isn’t fair just say “JJ Abrams”

  • Stefan Bonomo

    My only worry is that when it comes out, if it doesn’t meet people’s expectations (which it will) they will put the blame squarely on Abrams, because they love picking on him, despite the fact it’ll probably be Disney the reason this happens. I’m still hoping that this’ll be great.

    Also, why don’t they just do what they did when Robert Downey Jr. was injured filming Iron Man 3? Just use body doubles and use CG/ close-ups to put him in later.

  • Batt Damon

    Disney oughta push back Cap 3 and release Star Wars opposite Batman v Superman if they really wanna go head-to-toe with Warner Brothers.

  • MJ

    Finally, a studio who will not tolerate JJ’s procrastination. This is freaking awesome!

  • DEADP00L

    So essentially this movie is going to be crap since he’s already come up with a cover ass story.

    OR

    Harrison Ford injury is actually worse than we thought and his role was far bigger and JJ is trying to stall to give him time to heal so that the story can still be the way he envisioned it.

    Whatever the case it’s the movie that’s going to suffer and it’s us that will have to digest it.

  • Connor

    A Star Wars movie in May? Pfffttt! That’ll never work!

  • Kaine Morrison

    After Kennedy was pushing for May 2016 and JJ was adamant about it being a Christmas time release, NOW he wants it in May…
    Can’t wait til Episode 8 so we don’t have to deal with this hack anymore….

    Also, it took Harrison forever to open up about being in Star Wars and now he’s going to wind up never talking about it ever again.

    • MJ

      The power of negative thinking, eh dude?

      Would suck to be you on a daily basis. I’d need Prozac to get by.

  • Kaine Morrison

    Has anybody else noticed the severe absence of Kennedy?

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  • Mathematical!

    I’d suggest that they could move one of the spinoffs up to that date instead, but I suppose that might lower the hype for Episode VII since it wouldn’t be the first Star Wars movie in a long time anymore.

  • Blaster

    At least it will give them time to replace those terrible looking practical creature effects with some decent cgi creatures.

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