J.J. Abrams Not Committed To 2015 Release For STAR WARS: EPISODE VII
There's a kernel of insider info in The Hollywood Reporter's article on J.J. Abrams signing on to direct the next installment of the Star Wars franchise. Reportedly, Abrams could change the 2015 release date.
Ever since Disney's acquisition of LucasFilm, Star Wars has transformed from a dormant volcano into a raging lava inferno. As such, rumors and sequel theories have been red hot and free flowing but the most recent bit of concrete news is that J.J. Abrams will be directing the next major motion picture. But what about that 2015 release date? Buried in THR's report on the proceedings is a little kernel of intel which states, "Episode VII is set for release in 2015, but sources say Abrams has not committed to that release date, meaning the date could be changed if the development process requires it." Obviously, don't take this as confirmation but a change in release date is definitely in play and apparently at Abrams discretion. This could grow into something major or it could mean nothing, for right now it merits watching. The film slate for 2015 is already packed with blockbusters like The Avengers 2, Justice League, Ant-Man, Pirates of the Caribbean 5, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 and will probably include more as yet unannounced projects. With a script from Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) the only other concrete fact, there's a real possibility that the release date could be pushed.
Abrams also has a third Star Trek film to produce as well as another Mission Impossible installment on his agenda (not to mention numerous television projects). More details as we have them.
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