Jedi aficionados now know when they need to have their robes pressed and lightsabers all shined and ready; it has just been announced on starwars.com that Star Wars: Episode VII will be released on December 18th, 2015. This makes part seven the first film with a Star Wars title not to be released in the spring. Interesting.
From the announcement on the website:
“We’re very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture,” said Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios.
Star Wars: Episode VII will be directed by J.J. Abrams (Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek)and is being scripted by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi). Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, with Tommy Harper (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Jack Ryan, Star Trek Into Darkness) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin, War of the Worlds) serving as executive producers. John Williams is returning to score Star Wars: Episode VII.
Shooting is scheduled to begin spring 2014 at Pinewood Studios.
So there we go! Not a summer blockbuster at all, which would be competing with The Avengers: Age of Ultron and whatever the Batman vs Superman movie ends up being titled. Instead, it’s poised to go up against James Cameron’s Avatar sequel.
What do you think? Are you excited?