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Star Wars: Episode VII bows December 2015

Just last month, when Lucasfilm’s Kathleestarwarsn Kennedy announced that Oscar winning writer Michael Arndt was off Star Wars: Episode VII script after nearly a year of writing it and that director J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan -who penned both The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi –were now scripting the movie, some began to worry that the film would need to be delayed from 2015 planned release. As a matter of fact, it’s been rumored for a while that Abrams was hoping to delay the film until 2016 due to the scripting issues, while Disney was still wanting –probably- a summer 2015 release date (the six previous films all launched in May).

Now, with Abrams –doing press for Bad Robot’s new FOX series Almost Human– he’s hinted that Arndt’s departure did have to do with when Disney wants to release the film. “It became clear that given the timeframe, and given the process, and the way the thing was going that working with Larry in this way was going to get us where we need to be and when we needed to be.”

So it seemed that Abrams was vetoed on delaying the film until 2016. But with the hiring of Kasdan –who is known as a great and more importantly, a fast writer- this may have elevated Abrams worries a bit. And Disney may have compromised as well, as they’ve announced a a December 18, 2015 release date for the first film in the new trilogy.

“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.

It’s not a bad move, per se. While the holiday season is generally known for more serious films -setting them up for award season -franchise hits like The Lord of the Rings and now it’s prequel series, The Hobbit do fare well against those more adult films. Plus, it’s Star Wars. And while some might bemoan the traditional May release of the previous six, we are in a new generation, a new era and maybe having Episode VII out for Christmas in two years is what it needs to rejuvenate a brand still tarnished by the prequel trilogy.

Meanwhile, pre-production on the film continues in London. While casting remains a mystery (beyond the obvious fact that Harrison Ford, Carrie Fischer and Mark Hamill will be back) the film is set to begin lensing in early spring 2014 at Pinewood Studios.

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