(I really ought to just hang on to this picture, huh?)
One of the first (and only) things Disney has seen fit to officially announce to the public regarding the most anticipated film in the history of…well, history was the release year of 2015. This was made official before JJ Abrams was announced as director, or Michael Arndt was brought on (and later removed) as screenwriter. For a time, the traditional Star Wars release month of May was assumed–then, just recently, the House of Mouse announced that Episode VII would instead hit theaters on December 18…
And the film’s director couldn’t be happier.
With the replacement of screenwriter Arndt by Abrams and SW7 producer Lawrence Kasdan due to “Time issues”, many were beginning to worry that the new Star Wars chapter might be a rush job.
Abrams recently admitted to MTV that he is far more comfortable with the new release date, and seems to think it will result in a much better movie:
I will say that it is an infinitely better situation now than when they were saying they wanted it in the summer. Before I even came onto the project, before I was brought on, they were talking about 2015 and they made this announcement very early on. Which I understand, and I understand why they’d want that, but it didn’t necessarily have anything to do with the reality of where anyone was creatively. So I think that it’s a hugely important thing that that comes first, and that a release date is great, but you have to release something great. So to me, the new release date is a huge improvement.
It’s nice to see Abrams come out of his famous shell regarding the project he’s working on. I mean, it’s not as though he told us anything we couldn’t have assumed here–but it’s nice to see him essentially admit that his employers’ original intentions were, shall we say, unrealistic.