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Star Wars: Episode VII release date confirmed

Star Wars: Episode VII release date confirmed

Star Wars: Episode VII film.

LucasFilm has confirmed that the Star Wars: Episode VII release date will be 18 December 2015.

Still in pre-production, and with much of the cast not even decided yet, little is known about the first of the new trilogy of Star Wars films. But today LucasFilm has put a clear marker in the sand and will aim to have the first film finished in time for Christmas 2015, or just 771 days away.

This would make for a fairly quick turn around for such a large production, which is still at such an early stage. For instance pre-production for The Hobbit began in 2008, some four years before the first film arrived.

This would also mark the first time a Star Wars film has been released at Christmas time, with all previous films arriving in May.

Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, while responding to rumours that there were worries about meeting the 2015 deadline, said “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.”

Just a few days ago the production put out a casting call for what are expected to be the lead roles in the film, with it also speculated that relatively unknown actors and actresses will be chosen.

J. J. Abrams has been chosen as the director of the new film, with many citing the success of his reboot of the Star Trek films as the reason for being picked. He is also co-writer, and will be working alongside Lawrence Kasdan, who co-wrote The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and Raiders of the Lost Ark for Lucasfilm.

George Lucas, after selling his LucasFilm company to Disney, is not expected to play a major role in the film's production.

Are you excited by the prospect of a new Star Wars films? Let us know in the forum.

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C0nKer 8th November 2013, 00:21 Quote
Lens flare!
Guinevere 8th November 2013, 00:40 Quote
If you have fingers, keep them crossed.
John_T 8th November 2013, 04:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by C0nKer
Lens flare!

Can you imagine what it's going to be like between the lightsaber duels, blaster fire-fights and hyperspace chases? We'll have to take sunglasses into the cinema!

Still ridiculously excited at the thought of it though... :)
liratheal 8th November 2013, 10:21 Quote
I do not see this ending well.

Rushed, probably half -arsed casting, and J.J. Abrams..
Snips 8th November 2013, 10:29 Quote
You all sound like Trekkies pissed because he's joined the better franchise :p
Snips 8th November 2013, 10:30 Quote
I'm hoping they're using the Thrawn Trilogy as inspiration.
Krikkit 8th November 2013, 10:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by liratheal
I do not see this ending well.

Rushed, probably half -arsed casting, and J.J. Abrams..
I presume the script has actually been written by now? I'm not holding out much hope at all.

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Originally Posted by Snips
You all sound like Trekkies pissed because he's joined the better franchise :p

After seeing what he did to my beloved Trek, he's now going after my other favourite SciFi franchise with a machete. Can't be much worse than the prequel trilogies mind.
[USRF]Obiwan 8th November 2013, 16:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by C0nKer
Lens flare!

Light Flare Saber
GeorgeStorm 8th November 2013, 16:15 Quote
I'm just going to remain hopeful and look forward to it :D
(as a result I'm also going to try and avoid rumour thread, or anything pre-release)
azazel1024 8th November 2013, 16:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by Snips
I'm hoping they're using the Thrawn Trilogy as inspiration.

At least from what I have heard, they will not be.

They will not be using any existing written fiction, was what I read.

Doesn't mean they won't come to their senses, but it is what I read a few weeks ago.
Porkins' Wingman 8th November 2013, 17:09 Quote
My immediate concern is: why do they feel the need to specify the release date over 2 years in advance of the release date?

Sure, they can still change their minds, but they've already imposed unnecessary restriction on the film's production.

When watching all the making-of extras on the LOTR DVDs I really got the feeling that everyone involved was committed to making the trilogy the best they could make it. Conversely, when watching the making-of material for the Star Wars prequel trilogy, there were multiple references from George Lucas and Rick McCallum about time and budget restrictions, and I couldn't help but feel Lucas rushed certain parts of the films unnecessarily, to the detriment of the films/story.

I'm aware an unlimited budget and unlimited production time-frame doesn't guarantee a great film, but when you're talking about a film franchise where box office takings can quite confidently be predicted to approach/exceed $1billion, per film, and when you've already invested $4billion just to buy the rights to the franchise, why not take the time to ensure everything is in place to make each film the very best it can be? Why go on record with a self-imposed time limit so early?

If they get Ep.VII 'right' then they'll set themselves up for years of happy profit making, but if they get it wrong they'll potentially cause major damage to their investment.

The Marvel films are being cited as examples of Disney getting it 'right'. I've not seen many of them, and the original Iron Man was terrific (IM2 less so), but the Marvel franchise is a different beast.

Hopefully they're just uber-confident 'cos of the progress they've made with the script...
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