This just in from Disney and Lucasfilm. Star Wars Episode VII has a release date. No official title yet, but we now know that it will open December 18, 2015. Pre-production is in full-swing and shooting is scheduled to begin spring 2014 at Pinewood Studios.
“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.
Good news! Maybe we’ll get an announcement about Star Wars Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios soon too!
I think this is a great move by Disney. Summer 2015 is going to be PACKED with epic blockbusters and moving Star Wars to the holiday slot will give it room to breathe