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Disney denied J.J. Abrams' request to push Star Wars Episode VII to May 2016

06.27.2014

Last year, we heard a rumor that J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy from Lucasfilm had asked Disney to push the release of STAR WARS: EPISODE VII to 2016 but their request was refused. Now, after script issues forced Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan to take over writing on the film as well as the recent injury to Harrison Ford, it seems that request has been made again, and denied again.

Latino Review pieced together from their sources that Abrams and Kennedy requested a new release date of May 4th, 2016 (perfect date, if you ask me) to accommodate the needed changes to maintain the quality of STAR WARS: EPISODE VII but Disney CEO Bob Iger refused. Does this potentially have something to do with Rian Johnson being brought in to helm the next film instead of J.J. Abrams? We may never know.

Ain't It Cool News also added a little creedence to this rumor. We have heard for a while that Han Solo would be a major character in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII and his injury was bad for production. The rumored plot of the film involves Solo and a crew searching for Luke Skywalker. leading to events in EPISODE VIII and IX. While it seems this could be accomplished by increasing screen time for Oscar Isaac and others as has been theorized, does this also spell doom for the story J.J. Abrams intended to tell? Or did he always know he was only in for one picture?

Theories about STAR WARS: EPISODE VII are starting to hurt my brain, so I will stop here. Just know that those negative folks out there who didn't think anything could go wrong with STAR WARS being taken over by Disney may be able to look down their noses with us if any of this turns out to be true.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII is still slated to hit theaters on December 18, 2015.

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6:39AM on 06/30/2014

Good

Yea, push it further...better if its pushed to 2099...wait till all Star Wars fan died out & then release it...
Yea, push it further...better if its pushed to 2099...wait till all Star Wars fan died out & then release it...
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12:43PM on 06/29/2014

May 4, 2016?

Wouldn't that put it in competition with Captain America 3 (another Disney release) and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice? That would be the most crowded weekend ever! I know this was already mentioned in another comment, but this is an important point. Why would Disney put such a huge property up against another blockbuster also under their umbrella? If JJ Abrams picked that day, Iger had good reason to deny the request. Delaying it might be necessary for Star Wars VII, but that day is
Wouldn't that put it in competition with Captain America 3 (another Disney release) and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice? That would be the most crowded weekend ever! I know this was already mentioned in another comment, but this is an important point. Why would Disney put such a huge property up against another blockbuster also under their umbrella? If JJ Abrams picked that day, Iger had good reason to deny the request. Delaying it might be necessary for Star Wars VII, but that day is not an option.
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12:06PM on 06/28/2014
Why do something right, when you can do it often, doesn't he know thats how disney plans on making trillions off this franchise?
Why do something right, when you can do it often, doesn't he know thats how disney plans on making trillions off this franchise?
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11:00AM on 06/28/2014
Can't Chewie just Carrie Han around on his back?
Can't Chewie just Carrie Han around on his back?
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4:43PM on 06/29/2014
They could even slice him up into little cauterized bits with a lightsabre in an obvious Threepio homage.
They could even slice him up into little cauterized bits with a lightsabre in an obvious Threepio homage.
4:43PM on 06/29/2014
Boo, doubleposting is ungoodly.
Boo, doubleposting is ungoodly.
3:21AM on 06/28/2014
Disney: Fucked up Marvel Animation, shut down LucasArts, canceled Clone Wars, yanked the decades long Star Wars comics from Dark Horse and now are forcing J.J. to deliver what could be a subpar product just to make a 2015 release date. God help us if they decide to buy out another beloved property.
Disney: Fucked up Marvel Animation, shut down LucasArts, canceled Clone Wars, yanked the decades long Star Wars comics from Dark Horse and now are forcing J.J. to deliver what could be a subpar product just to make a 2015 release date. God help us if they decide to buy out another beloved property.
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10:59PM on 06/27/2014

HAHA!

In unrelated news I think somebody learned they can hit the thumbs down button, refresh, repeat...I have never seen every comment besides one point of view all with some many thumbs down...hopefully this makes the person feel very important! Cheers!
In unrelated news I think somebody learned they can hit the thumbs down button, refresh, repeat...I have never seen every comment besides one point of view all with some many thumbs down...hopefully this makes the person feel very important! Cheers!
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1:16AM on 06/28/2014
Totally. People are awesome. And sarcasm is lost in the written word.
Totally. People are awesome. And sarcasm is lost in the written word.
3:24AM on 06/28/2014
LOL yeah there's this one extremely angry high schooler on here who was just shown how to mask their IP, and now he wants to show us all how right he is
LOL yeah there's this one extremely angry high schooler on here who was just shown how to mask their IP, and now he wants to show us all how right he is
10:55AM on 06/28/2014
This is nothing. Did you happen to see the article from a few weeks back about how Michael Douglas felt about Edgar Wright leaving "Ant-Man"? Someone had over one hundred down votes in less than five minutes. Now that was crazy.
This is nothing. Did you happen to see the article from a few weeks back about how Michael Douglas felt about Edgar Wright leaving "Ant-Man"? Someone had over one hundred down votes in less than five minutes. Now that was crazy.
2:53PM on 06/28/2014
OHHH don't get me started on all those articles about Iron Man 3 back when it came out. Goood Lord. Downvotes for everybody!
OHHH don't get me started on all those articles about Iron Man 3 back when it came out. Goood Lord. Downvotes for everybody!
7:31PM on 06/27/2014
I still feel like a new Star Wars movie needs to be released in May. It's a pop culture tradition at this point. I understand there's a financial reason for using a different date, but come on. You're Disney. It's not like you're hurting for a few extra bucks.
I still feel like a new Star Wars movie needs to be released in May. It's a pop culture tradition at this point. I understand there's a financial reason for using a different date, but come on. You're Disney. It's not like you're hurting for a few extra bucks.
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7:28PM on 06/27/2014
May 4th, 2016 great date sure! I will see Bat V Sup on friday, Cap America on saturday and this one on sunday! What a weekend! lol
May 4th, 2016 great date sure! I will see Bat V Sup on friday, Cap America on saturday and this one on sunday! What a weekend! lol
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6:43PM on 06/27/2014

You would think Disney would be more reasonable at this point

What with their forcing an unacceptable release date on Jon Favreau seriously hurting Iron Man 2 in every way possible back in the day, you'd *THINK* Disney would know better. No wonder Abrams isn't returning! Here he is, already dealing with a time window that he doesn't like, and now his production has slowed further due to things outside his control and he STILL can't get an extension. What the hell!
What with their forcing an unacceptable release date on Jon Favreau seriously hurting Iron Man 2 in every way possible back in the day, you'd *THINK* Disney would know better. No wonder Abrams isn't returning! Here he is, already dealing with a time window that he doesn't like, and now his production has slowed further due to things outside his control and he STILL can't get an extension. What the hell!
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6:47PM on 06/27/2014
Hopefully he'll just leave.
Hopefully he'll just leave.
3:25AM on 06/28/2014
Why? I think it's a dick move on Disney's part, but I don't want to see the movie *ruined* over it. I honestly hope it's good in spite of everything
Why? I think it's a dick move on Disney's part, but I don't want to see the movie *ruined* over it. I honestly hope it's good in spite of everything
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6:34PM on 06/27/2014
That's what you get for using the original cast. The Star Wars universe is huge. There is no reason not to tell a new story with new characters. But that takes time to develop. Let's just retread the old characters for a fast buck. It's an easy way out.
That's what you get for using the original cast. The Star Wars universe is huge. There is no reason not to tell a new story with new characters. But that takes time to develop. Let's just retread the old characters for a fast buck. It's an easy way out.
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6:20PM on 06/27/2014

Great disturbance in the Force...

I am so spent. Ford getting hurt was about the worst thing that could have happened to this thing. My feeling is that they will be changing the release date to May 2016, but even then, we'll just be getting a rushed mediocre Star Wars film.
I am so spent. Ford getting hurt was about the worst thing that could have happened to this thing. My feeling is that they will be changing the release date to May 2016, but even then, we'll just be getting a rushed mediocre Star Wars film.
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6:46PM on 06/27/2014
Uhhh...dude? They JUST rejected JJ TWICE about changing the release date, and your feeling is that they'll do it??? Did you not read the article?
Uhhh...dude? They JUST rejected JJ TWICE about changing the release date, and your feeling is that they'll do it??? Did you not read the article?
8:32PM on 06/27/2014
Wait for it.
I will literally bet you one million pounds that they move the date. Then you can finally move out of your alky mom's basement. If you like.
Wait for it.
I will literally bet you one million pounds that they move the date. Then you can finally move out of your alky mom's basement. If you like.
6:14PM on 06/27/2014
how long until the "the movie is cursed" theories start poppin' up????
how long until the "the movie is cursed" theories start poppin' up????
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6:37PM on 06/27/2014
It would almost be the opposite, in regards to Ford's injury. Every film Ford got hurt on ended up being a good flick (Indy, the Fugitive to name a few).
It would almost be the opposite, in regards to Ford's injury. Every film Ford got hurt on ended up being a good flick (Indy, the Fugitive to name a few).
6:11PM on 06/27/2014

the sooner the better

I wish lucas was making these! I love episode 1,2 and 3. Just really good films, i love the special editions too with all the extra cgi what not!
I wish lucas was making these! I love episode 1,2 and 3. Just really good films, i love the special editions too with all the extra cgi what not!
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6:08PM on 06/27/2014

Great disturbance in the Force...

I am so spent. Ford getting hurt was about the worst thing that could have happened to this thing. My feeling is that they will be changing the release date to May 2016, but even then, we'll just be getting a rushed mediocre Star Wars film.
I am so spent. Ford getting hurt was about the worst thing that could have happened to this thing. My feeling is that they will be changing the release date to May 2016, but even then, we'll just be getting a rushed mediocre Star Wars film.
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5:47PM on 06/27/2014
I guess money trumps quality after all.

When is Bob Iger's contract up?
I guess money trumps quality after all.

When is Bob Iger's contract up?
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5:47PM on 06/27/2014

Stay on target.....stay on target....

Don't degrade yourself by citing AICN, its a fun yet bullshit filled site with less credibility than Latino Review. That being said, in defense of JJ he DID want the film to open up on SW Day as originally intended, so it could just be a power play. I mean, seriously, count how many times Han did anything really 'action' in the original films outside of piloting. A trip down the chute, running after troopers, flipping a biker scout and hanging upside down. Unless Ford's leg fell off I highly
Don't degrade yourself by citing AICN, its a fun yet bullshit filled site with less credibility than Latino Review. That being said, in defense of JJ he DID want the film to open up on SW Day as originally intended, so it could just be a power play. I mean, seriously, count how many times Han did anything really 'action' in the original films outside of piloting. A trip down the chute, running after troopers, flipping a biker scout and hanging upside down. Unless Ford's leg fell off I highly doubt it really effected filming that much for a six month hiatus. More like JJ trying to push for his original date, which is the first time I will support him on anything on this inevitable trainwreck (based on bias regarding his treatment of Star Trek...fun or not they were crap ST flicks).
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4:29PM on 06/27/2014
The House of Mouse continues to be a uncompromising bitch of a studio
The House of Mouse continues to be a uncompromising bitch of a studio
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4:03PM on 06/27/2014
I suspect the plan from the beginning was to have different directors do each movie. It worked just fine for the original trilogy. I'm disappointed in Bob Iger, though. He needs to understand that it's more important to make a good Star Wars movie than to get it to the public as quick as possible, and the quality of the first one will impact the rest of the franchise. I'd rather wait instead of having a rushed, inferior product. That said, I think Abrams can still pull it off.
I suspect the plan from the beginning was to have different directors do each movie. It worked just fine for the original trilogy. I'm disappointed in Bob Iger, though. He needs to understand that it's more important to make a good Star Wars movie than to get it to the public as quick as possible, and the quality of the first one will impact the rest of the franchise. I'd rather wait instead of having a rushed, inferior product. That said, I think Abrams can still pull it off.
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5:48PM on 06/27/2014
I agree, give him time to realize his vision. I have no faith in that vision, but at least give him a legit shot.
I agree, give him time to realize his vision. I have no faith in that vision, but at least give him a legit shot.
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3:59PM on 06/27/2014
Hopefully this is the end of Ford's career. He's been phoning it in for decades now. Truly terrible in that last Indy movie too. The less of him in this the better.
Hopefully this is the end of Ford's career. He's been phoning it in for decades now. Truly terrible in that last Indy movie too. The less of him in this the better.
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8:39PM on 06/27/2014
Harrison Ford did more today on Morphine and kind bud while laid up in his London flat four poster bed than you will do in your whole miserable life. Period.
Harrison Ford did more today on Morphine and kind bud while laid up in his London flat four poster bed than you will do in your whole miserable life. Period.
1:14AM on 06/28/2014
No he didn't
No he didn't
3:57PM on 06/27/2014

Disney continues to exile filmmakers

If this is true, along with chopping up the story for "Into The Woods" and Disney being the reported reason for Edgar Wright leaving "Ant-Man" they are showing they are not the studio for visionary filmmakers. They are more worried about making the almighty dollar and wildly unreasonable release dates than allowing quality filmmakers to make the best possible film with their properties. I have a feeling this is going to be an issue that pops up again with a Marvel or Star Wars property sooner
If this is true, along with chopping up the story for "Into The Woods" and Disney being the reported reason for Edgar Wright leaving "Ant-Man" they are showing they are not the studio for visionary filmmakers. They are more worried about making the almighty dollar and wildly unreasonable release dates than allowing quality filmmakers to make the best possible film with their properties. I have a feeling this is going to be an issue that pops up again with a Marvel or Star Wars property sooner rather than later. If you want directors to put out films that are not the best possible quality don't hire quality filmmakers like JJ or Wright; hire puppets that are OK with putting out less interesting, lower quality films...I think fans are going to be deeply disappointed that Marvel and Star Wars are part of the Disney machine now because I think the quality and edge of those films are going to decrease greatly over the next few years.
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4:01PM on 06/27/2014
Unreasonable release dates? Pretty sure JJ had two years to have this film ready. How is that unreasonable?
Unreasonable release dates? Pretty sure JJ had two years to have this film ready. How is that unreasonable?
4:03PM on 06/27/2014
Movies are a for profit business Disney isn't running some kind of charity for artists. They don't want three year schedules for a reason, it costs more money to pay people to work longer.
Movies are a for profit business Disney isn't running some kind of charity for artists. They don't want three year schedules for a reason, it costs more money to pay people to work longer.
3:44PM on 06/27/2014
How many scenes is Harrison ford actually going to be running around doing physical shit? They can shoot the guy sitting, standing, they can find a way around this. The wonders of movie magic these days is pretty incredible. This film is still going to be awesome, haters r still gonna hate.. STFU
How many scenes is Harrison ford actually going to be running around doing physical shit? They can shoot the guy sitting, standing, they can find a way around this. The wonders of movie magic these days is pretty incredible. This film is still going to be awesome, haters r still gonna hate.. STFU
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6:20PM on 06/27/2014
I like the postive spin, but reality is starting to force choke the shit out of my expectations.
I like the postive spin, but reality is starting to force choke the shit out of my expectations.
3:43PM on 06/27/2014
How many scenes is Harrison ford actually going to be running around doing physical shit? They can shoot the guy sitting, standing, they can find a way around this. The wonders of movie magic these days is pretty incredible. This film is still going to be awesome, haters r still gonna hate.. STFU
How many scenes is Harrison ford actually going to be running around doing physical shit? They can shoot the guy sitting, standing, they can find a way around this. The wonders of movie magic these days is pretty incredible. This film is still going to be awesome, haters r still gonna hate.. STFU
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3:33PM on 06/27/2014
With this much studio pressure / interference, I wouldn't be surprised if JJ decided that one movie is enough for him.
With this much studio pressure / interference, I wouldn't be surprised if JJ decided that one movie is enough for him.
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3:25PM on 06/27/2014
I've got a bad feeling about this project.
I've got a bad feeling about this project.
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