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“Star Wars” fans rejoice: Disney has announced the release date for the next installment. “Star Wars: Episode VII,” the first of a planned trilogy, has been set to release on December 18, 2015. This marks a departure from the previous films, as they have all been released in May.
Disney CEO and chairman, Roger Iger, explained the reason for setting the release date in the holiday season. Aside from it being the season of popular film going, December is also the same month that another sci-fi epic, “Avatar,” was released. Iger stated, “This obviously is one of the most important movies we have in the next few years.”
Plans for a new “Star Wars” trilogy was first announced just last year when Disney purchased LucasFilm in October 2012. Since then, numerous writers and directors have been speculated and rumored to helm the next big thing in science fiction.
And that lucky director has been J.J. Abrams, who is no stranger to the genre and has even tackled on other sci-fi franchises, most notably “Star Trek.”
Abrams is set to write the screenplay with Lawrence Kasdan, who also co-wrote “The Empire Strikes Back,” “Return of the Jedi,” and “Raiders of the Last Ark,” all for LucasFilm.
Given that Abrams and Kasdan have just been recently announced as writers and the film is set to release in two years, much concern has been over the time frame of writing the film, and whether the rushed production will have a negative impact on the screenplay. However, Disney’s studio chief Alan Horn stated that the time frame is sufficient enough for the team “to deliver a sensational picture.”
This will be the first “Star Wars” film since 2005’s “Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” and will begin filming in London at Pinewood Studios in the spring of 2014.