Disney Confirms Summer 2015 Release Date for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII

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Today’s panels at the Disney convention D23 focus on the studio’s live-action lineup, and many were hoping for some real, honest-to-goodness news with regards to Star Wars: Episode VII.  Unfortunately, Disney chief Alan Horn was tight-lipped about the project, but he did confirm that the film is indeed slated for release in summer 2015.  While Disney/Lucasfilm have been pointing to a “planned 2015 release date” for some time now, many wondered if the date was actually feasible given that production doesn’t get underway until 2014.  It appears so, and Episode VII will no doubt be the event film of a very crowded 2015.

Hit the jump for more, and check back here on Collider later today for much more from Disney’s live-action D23 panels.

star-wars-a-new-hope-posterA specific summer 2015 date for Episode VII has yet to be settled on, but Disney has The Avengers: Age of Ultron kicking things off on May 1st and July will host Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and Independence Day 2.  I’d wager that a late May release or sometime in June is likely for Star Wars, but the odds are definitely in May’s favor as all six previous Star Wars films opened that month.  The only major tentpoles currently slated for June include the new Terminator (June 26th) and Assassin’s Creed (June 19th).  It’s also possible that Star Wars could be pushed to the holiday season.

Whatever date Disney chooses for Star Wars: Episode VII, other studios will most definitely clear out of its path.  The film has pretty much solidified its status as the most anticipated pic of 2015, and whether it’s a stinker or a success, it will no doubt make loads and loads of money.  

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  • Isak

    I think november would make much more sense. Disney has already two big money-grabbing releases during the summer.

    • w3c3t

      Summer always makes much more sense when talking about a big blockbuster movie like that.

      • Luke

        At this point, a new Star Wars movie isn’t just a blockbuster, it’s an event movie. Just like Avatar, I don’t think a late-year release would be a detriment to it.

      • 80sRobot

        I think the way Star Wars is now, being very family friendly and now a generation of parents with kids both being into the franchise, it would make more sense to delay it until November 2015.

        Sure, May was always the traditional opening month for a SW movie, but Hollywood has since learned from SW how to capitalize on that month to launch their big summer blockbusters. It’s become crowded thanks to the original trilogy pioneering that release window. New owners Disney should instead abandon this window because it’s become too crowded, and make an early declaration to take over November 2015, 2017 and 2019 for the next chapters of the SW trilogy.

      • Isak

        Exactly my point.

  • Loving Jimmy’s

    There are so many tentpoles in 2015, oh my god !!!!
    I wonder which ones will bomb

    • Kevin

      I’m betting on a lot of the older franchise revivals: Terminator, Jurassic Park… I have a real nagging suspicion that Independence Day 2 is going to crash hard. Sad to say, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Ant Man did poorly too.

      • RiddleThemThis

        I’m confident terminator, jurassic park & independence day will make money, i’m not so sure how well they’ll be received by audiences and critics though. Ant-Man however, may be the opposite, critics and fans might like it but Ant-Man isn’t as nearly as popular the previous Marvel films.
        As far as Star Wars goes, it’s going to make money no matter how good or bad it is. Hell, I think people will say its better than the prequels no matter what just because its Abrams and not Lucas because apparently Lucas is the plague and should have nothing to do with Star Wars, because you know, he only created the entire star wars story and made the original trilogy.

      • RiddleThemThis

        I’m confident terminator, jurassic park & independence day will make money, i’m not so sure how well they’ll be received by audiences and critics though. Ant-Man however, may be the opposite, critics and fans might like it but Ant-Man isn’t as nearly as popular the previous Marvel films.
        As far as Star Wars goes, it’s going to make money no matter how good or bad it is. Hell, I think people will say its better than the prequels no matter what just because its Abrams and not Lucas because apparently Lucas is the plague and should have nothing to do with Star Wars, because you know, he only created the entire star wars story and made the original trilogy.

      • http://zoelogie.tumblr.com/ Baby Jean

        They should have gone with Black Panther instead of Ant-Man. I’m still holding out hope of seeing it made for phase 3, that would be sweeeet (=^_^=)

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

        People are stupid. I love all 6 films. Lucas is awesome and so is Abrams. Can’t wait for Episode VII.

  • Person

    Haven’t Star Wars movies traditionally been in mid-May? Oh well. A holiday release wouldn’t be a bad idea but they may run into competition with Bond if they release it in mid-late November.

  • koko

    Either Christmas 2015 or May 2016.

    • Yoda

      …I think they kind of ruled 2016 out of the running here with this announcement.

  • Strong Enough

    damn J.J. and his fucking mystery box! just tell us some news already!

    • nelson

      Luke Skywalker is actually Khan.

      • MCP

        NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

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

      Why? I like to know less about big movies like this until about 6 months before. Don’t wanna give away surprises.

  • http://movieguynewsreviews.blogspot.com/ Josh

    This is what qualifies as news?….

    • peter

      yes

  • PETER

    R.I.P. ALL THOSE MOVIES COMING OUT THE SAME MONTH AS STAR WARS

  • sense11

    2015 is going to be a great year

  • http://zoelogie.tumblr.com/ Baby Jean

    9 months after that epic summer 2015, so many geek babies will be born <3

  • really?

    In a year with a avengers 2 and batman vs superman can we really say that star wars has solidified its place as the most anticipated movie of 2015?

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

      Yes you can.

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  • Matt Clayton

    Disney needs to quit playing around and announce an actual date, not some broad crap like “Summer 2015.”

    But I doubt Disney will actually put “Episode VII” in May, since that would cannibalize the earnings from “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (even in its fourth weekend). Unless Disney plans on postponing POTC 5 and put E7 in that spot… I think E7 is going to be a December 2015 release instead.

    • Northerrn Star

      I agree with this analysis… Disney will either push POTC to 2016 or push Episode VII to December 2015, and I would bet on the latter, if it’s released in December it will have little to no real competition that it won’t easily steamroll over and will have the highly lucrative Christmas holidays to itself for an entire month or even two.

      It’s very telling that Disney have yet to announce a definite release date for the biggest release of the next decade, they’re clearly weighing the options on whether to release it in an already severely overcrowded summer slate or push it back six months and reap an ever larger bountiful return than if released that summer… I seriously hope they push it to December, it will give Abrams and ILM time to hone, refine, and perfect the film and it’s extensive visual effects and make for an altogether better film… hopefully!

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  • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

    Who cares if it is scheduled for may or january. All we need is a great and thrilling story that reconciliates true fans with the original mythology, far far away from midichlorians bulls**t and clunky love stories.
    And please, no more CGI fest and bring back Henson’s yoda. This cgized yoda is simply souleless.

    • http://moviefy.net/ Yahzee

      … you know Yoda is dead, right? Also, urm Episode I Yoda was a puppet so it doesn’t help your point

      • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

        you fool! Jedi never die. (hum… this could do a good title)
        didn’t you see Obi wan Kenobi in empire strikes back after his “disappearance” in Star wars IV ? Same for Anakin in Return of the Jedi.

        Yeah. Joda was a puppet in star Wars 1, but Lucas lost his mind since then and went downhill with his 100% CGIzed universe. star Wars became a Video Game, without any depth or credibility.

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