STAR WARS: EPISODE VII May Get December 2015 Release Date

     August 19, 2013


When Disney first announced that it had purchased Lucasfilm and was planning a new trilogy of Star Wars movies, the release date for the first film was penciled in for 2015.  While an official release date has yet to be announced, Disney President Alan Horn confirmed that Episode VII will hit theaters in 2015 when speaking at the studio’s recent D23 convention.  Many have assumed that a May 2015 release date is the most likely, since all six previous Star Wars films were released in May, but now a new report has surfaced claiming that Disney is actually eyeing a different release date for Episode VII; one that would break the mold: December 2015.  Hit the jump for more.

star-wars-episode-4-poster-drew-struzanTo say that director J.J. AbramsStar Wars: Episode VII is a massive endeavor is a ginormous understatement.  Not only will this be a large-budget tentpole involving intricate visual effects and stuntwork, but the legacy of Star Wars looms large and Abrams and Co. know that they have to please the most passionate fanbase in the world.

With this in mind, a 2015 release date is not that far away, especially when you consider that we don’t even have a firm production start-date for the film yet.  As such, Badass Digest is hearing that the 2015 date Disney is currently eyeing for Star Wars: Episode VII is December, somewhere around the 11th or the 13th.  This marks a significant break from previous tradition, but it may be a necessary one.  If filming on Episode VII gets underway early next year, that would only give Abrams roughly one year to complete principal photography, post-production, visual effects, reshoots, etc.  By pushing that date back to December, Abrams has a bit more time to ensure that Episode VII is up to snuff.  With a legacy like Star Wars on the line, the last thing you want to do is rush production.

Badass Digest notes that Episode VII could possibly be pushed back even further to Christmas—or even out of 2015 altogether—and surmises that the decision for the December date in the first place is due to uncertainty about Abrams finishing the film in time.  It’s a valid concern, but I’d rather have Abrams’ best effort than a finished product that was pushed through under the pressure of a ticking clock.  As with all Star Wars rumors it’s important to keep in mind that nothing has been confirmed by Lucasfilm or Disney, but the idea of them eyeing a December 2015 release date for the film makes a whole lot of sense.

2015 is shaping up to be one of the biggest movie years in history with a glut of highly anticipated sequels and reboots set for release, so topping things off at the end of the year with Star Wars actually seems like a pretty sound plan.  Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and Independence Day 2 can duke it out in the dog days of summer, while Episode VII can swoop in to be the “family event” of the holiday season.

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  • Brad Jemmi

    I cant keep up with all the films coming out in 2015! Independance Day 2, Fantastic Four (reboot) Pirates 5, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jurassic Park 4, Superman vs. Batman (please don’t let that be the name), Star Wars Episode 7, and I’m sure there’s a whole bunch more that I can’t remember off the top of my head!

    • AJD1984

      Agreed. Such an immense year for movies. Add to the list, Avatar 2, Bond 24, Ant-Man, Finding Dory. I too hope Superman isn’t called the above. Such a lame name.

      • Sam

        Avatar 2 has been confirmed for 2016 so that’s off the list

      • eternalozzie

        Avatar 2 could just be canceled … the first one was so weak.

    • Bob

      Ant-Man, Terminator 5, Assasins Creed, World of Warcraft, Kung Fu Panda 3, Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 should all be added to that list.

      Huge year indeed.

      • bondjamesbond

        Don’t for get Bond 24!

  • Calcazone

    I seem to remember the highest grossing movie ever opened in December… I think Disney remembered too.

    • Matt Clayton

      Yeah. Just because the previous Star Wars films opened Memorial Day means jack squat since Lucas is out of the picture, and Disney is handling things.

      It’ll be a huge Christmas and New Year’s juggernaut.

  • James

    When can we ban IDLE speculation? Why not at least venture into casting/character speculation? Also, those mountain dew ads are really gonna kill the site so if you have to make the background from green to whatever the sponsor is then do it before the site is ruined.

    • Dodge Hickey

      Maybe some people are actually interested in rumors of a release date! We all know we won’t hear any casting news til December is they go by their schedule of a January start date!

      • James

        It was already announced by the head of Disney that a summer release date was confirmed to this is just crap to make up for a slow news day. Also, worrying that the film may suffer if there isn’t enough time for post is nonsense seeing as this will be disneys number 1 priority and Kennedy already stated they’re bringing back more practical effects. The real journalism should be finding out why we haven’t even had the original cast confirmed yet. What could be taking so long, even ford is now not a box office heavy hitter.

  • tarek

    and if they can throw also the Daredevil reboot, the circle will be complete

  • MarvelWatch

    Wasn’t this the same site who claimed that Abrams was off the project a few weeks ago?

    I won’t go so far as to say they’re making it up, but at the least they’re clearly not very good at judging whether their “multiple sources” are reliable.

    (As I like to say, “Multiple Sources” seems to be code for one of two things: the varied voices in their head, or one rumormonger with multiple e-mail addresses.)

  • Neven

    One part of me is incredibly happy that they’re not rushing and they’re taking their time. Other part is going crazy because I’m going have to wait 6 more months than expected.

  • Serpico Jones

    Marc Graser of Variety has already shot this rumor down on twitter.

  • Jeff

    Alan Horn didn’t just say 2015, he said Summer 2015. Things could change and Abrams pushed back “Star Trek Into Darkness” a year to get the script right. It was worth it, wasn’t it? : )
    But it sounds like things are chugging along behind the scenes and I still expect May 2015. They’re going to all the trouble to shoot in England for tradition.

    • Raptor Jesus

      ‘Get the script right’? I wouldn’t use the script from STID to wipe my ass with. Nick Meyer should sue JJ and Paramount.

      • what

        Talk about over-reacting. God you fanboys are impossible.

  • Cale

    Lots of Disney movies in 2015.

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