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J.J. Abrams not committed to 2015 release of Star Wars VII; says he wants to make fans proud

Jan. 28, 2013by: Paul Shirey

Yes, you can expect to hear a lot of news about J.J. Abrams and everything Star Wars for a long time to come.  Time to settle in.  Between Abrams and Joss Whedon, the duo, who both started with female-driven TV shows, have now become staples of geek culture, forever immortalized as Gods of Nerddom, dipped in chocolate and rolled in gold.  Okay, that's an exaggeration, but you get the idea.  These guys are here to stay and when they talk, our ears percolate. 

Abrams, who was announced last week as the director of STAR WARS: EPISODE VII, is busy with the release of STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, but is preparing to work on the script with Michael Arndt, whom he will collaborate with for the final product.  Abrams has always been detail-oriented and careful about his projects (not to mention very secretive) and although producer Kathleen Kennedy announced that the new STAR WARS would hit sometime in 2015, sources close to camp Abrams are saying that the director has not committed to that timeframe, which means the release date could be on shaky ground.

Now, before you get too excited, let's think about that for a second.  We're at the head of 2013 and Abrams just signed on.  A script isn't written yet, a cast isn't assembled, and no sets are built.  Lucas had a three-year gap between the prequels, which would make that cutting it pretty damn close for Abrams if he stuck to that cycle right off the bat.  Personally, I'd rather them NOT rush the film just to meet a date, as I've stated before, and focus on making the best film possible.  Shit, until they announced it, I was all set to never see a new STAR WARS film ever, so one extra year won't hurt (if it even comes to that).

Abrams hasn't dropped any specifics about the new film, but did reveal his own feelings about the gig, saying, "You know, obviously, it's so early.  I can just say what I want to do: I want to do the fans proud. I want to make sure the story is something that touches people. And we're just getting started. I'm very excited."

Speaking to E! Online, Abrams said, "It really is an incredible thing. It's wildly surreal. It's obviously way too early to talk specifics. But I'm excited to actually start it."

Yes, J.J., I think we're all excited for you to start. 

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII is slated for release sometime in 2015 (but probably not...maybe).

Check out this sweet fan-art poster by P.L. Boucher...

Extra Tidbit: I'll bet Abrams is regretting having this announced just before the release of Star Trek Into Darkness. There will be a Star Wars question at every single venue he goes to from this point forward. All part of the job, I suppose...

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5:45PM on 01/30/2013
Extra Tidbit: One thing is for sure, this news sure it's going to sell a lot of tickets for Star Trek.
Extra Tidbit: One thing is for sure, this news sure it's going to sell a lot of tickets for Star Trek.
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7:08PM on 01/29/2013
Take your time J.J., make us a great Star Wars film. Personally I can't wait for this, I think this project will breathe new life into the Star Wars universe for generations to come.
Take your time J.J., make us a great Star Wars film. Personally I can't wait for this, I think this project will breathe new life into the Star Wars universe for generations to come.
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1:11PM on 01/29/2013
Good. Take your time. Good Star Wars is worth waiting for.

Oh. Hey, guys. Can we drop the lens flare jokes? They were funny for about ten minutes. Also, I never even noticed the lens flare until someone pointed it out to me on my tenth viewing or so of Star Trek. It's a technique, and for a Sci-Fi franchise, it works really well. Relax, fellas.
Good. Take your time. Good Star Wars is worth waiting for.

Oh. Hey, guys. Can we drop the lens flare jokes? They were funny for about ten minutes. Also, I never even noticed the lens flare until someone pointed it out to me on my tenth viewing or so of Star Trek. It's a technique, and for a Sci-Fi franchise, it works really well. Relax, fellas.
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8:22AM on 01/29/2013
A few months ago nobody was betting on there even being an Episode VII. 3 Years to get everything right seems pretty reasonable.
A few months ago nobody was betting on there even being an Episode VII. 3 Years to get everything right seems pretty reasonable.
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8:04AM on 01/29/2013
The studio saw how Abrams rejuvenated Trek by modernizing all the things we loved about the original but keeping the soul, and they wanted a piece of that for their Sci-Fi epic. That's Disney for you. If they can't have it, no one can. I personally am saddened by this news because it means Abrams will be basically abandoning Star Trek. It sort of stings, seeing as how there's always been a rivalry of sorts between the two franchises, and with the new films it was starting to look llike Trek
The studio saw how Abrams rejuvenated Trek by modernizing all the things we loved about the original but keeping the soul, and they wanted a piece of that for their Sci-Fi epic. That's Disney for you. If they can't have it, no one can. I personally am saddened by this news because it means Abrams will be basically abandoning Star Trek. It sort of stings, seeing as how there's always been a rivalry of sorts between the two franchises, and with the new films it was starting to look llike Trek was coming into its own and taking its place in the sci-fi heavens among the greats, but all that's just gone out the door. Wait! Maybe JJ did this so he could sabotage his rival from the inside. That's gonna be my little conspiracy theory. But dammit if he didnt turn his back on Trek. maybe we shouldnt trust the guy all that much just yet
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2:18AM on 01/29/2013
obviously he can't be as secretive with Star Wars like he was with Star Trek. Once this baby starts production or even pre, everyone is gonna wanna know every single detail. hope abrams can handle that kinda pressure?
obviously he can't be as secretive with Star Wars like he was with Star Trek. Once this baby starts production or even pre, everyone is gonna wanna know every single detail. hope abrams can handle that kinda pressure?
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11:51PM on 01/28/2013

is that a fan made poster?

yea I like that he doesn't wanna rush it either, but I hope it doesn't get pushed back so far it seems like a galaxy far far away!!
yea I like that he doesn't wanna rush it either, but I hope it doesn't get pushed back so far it seems like a galaxy far far away!!
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8:15PM on 01/28/2013
Best not to rush something like a new Star Wars.
Best not to rush something like a new Star Wars.
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6:45PM on 01/28/2013
I trust you, Mr. Abrams.
I trust you, Mr. Abrams.
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6:26PM on 01/28/2013
The Good: JJ Abrams is very similar to Spielberg in my opinion. In his movies he brings the element of wonder, and the excitement of adventure. He brings drama, humor, and curiosity in a smooth line. He tells stories, not just "let me shit something that looks cool".

The bad: Lens flare, and his obsession with keeping a lot of things secret. I want to see at least two trailers, and some photos of shit going on in the movie at least in the next 2 or 3 years. Not wait till the last two months.
The Good: JJ Abrams is very similar to Spielberg in my opinion. In his movies he brings the element of wonder, and the excitement of adventure. He brings drama, humor, and curiosity in a smooth line. He tells stories, not just "let me shit something that looks cool".

The bad: Lens flare, and his obsession with keeping a lot of things secret. I want to see at least two trailers, and some photos of shit going on in the movie at least in the next 2 or 3 years. Not wait till the last two months. Its too much anticipation!!!
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5:59PM on 01/28/2013

double post

sorry, double post
sorry, double post
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5:56PM on 01/28/2013

Since when was taking your time to perfect something a bad thing?

Who are the idiots out there who keep thumbing down all the comments saying that waiting 8 extra months to a year for a "Truly Great Film" is a good thing? I'd like to see you make a new Star Wars film, which will begin a whole new trilogy, in two years. Then try not to hang your head in shame when the fans crucify you for making anything less than amazing. You know how long it took to make The Lord of The Rings trilogy? 8 years! Episode VII in less than half that time. Once Episode VII is
Who are the idiots out there who keep thumbing down all the comments saying that waiting 8 extra months to a year for a "Truly Great Film" is a good thing? I'd like to see you make a new Star Wars film, which will begin a whole new trilogy, in two years. Then try not to hang your head in shame when the fans crucify you for making anything less than amazing. You know how long it took to make The Lord of The Rings trilogy? 8 years! Episode VII in less than half that time. Once Episode VII is released then it should only be 2 to 3 years for Episode VIII.
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5:24PM on 01/28/2013
I realize this will make a trillion dollars if they put anyone behind the camera, but it's fucking Star Wars. Get it the fuck right. I'm more than willing to wait another year for something special. Fans waited 16 years for episode I. Everyone can take another year.
I realize this will make a trillion dollars if they put anyone behind the camera, but it's fucking Star Wars. Get it the fuck right. I'm more than willing to wait another year for something special. Fans waited 16 years for episode I. Everyone can take another year.
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5:22PM on 01/28/2013
Take all the time needed.
Take all the time needed.
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4:52PM on 01/28/2013

Take your time!

Seriously, how many films have we seen rushed into production and rushed for release, only to find ourselves disappointed? Take your time putting together a script. Some of you out there can hold yourselves for 3 to 4 years. Cause in the end, you'll discover a film you'll be proud of adding to your Star Wars collection. Abrams is off to a great start by acknowledging how much this film means to fans worldwide.
P.S. Please film it with IMAX cameras:)
Seriously, how many films have we seen rushed into production and rushed for release, only to find ourselves disappointed? Take your time putting together a script. Some of you out there can hold yourselves for 3 to 4 years. Cause in the end, you'll discover a film you'll be proud of adding to your Star Wars collection. Abrams is off to a great start by acknowledging how much this film means to fans worldwide.
P.S. Please film it with IMAX cameras:)
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2:43PM on 01/28/2013
The word on the internet is that Abrams wants to push Star Wars to Spring/Summer 2016. I think that time window is way too far away. I personally don't want to wait over 3 years for one movie to come out. I'd still much prefer Episode VII come out sometime in 2015, I'd even be ok with December 2015.
The word on the internet is that Abrams wants to push Star Wars to Spring/Summer 2016. I think that time window is way too far away. I personally don't want to wait over 3 years for one movie to come out. I'd still much prefer Episode VII come out sometime in 2015, I'd even be ok with December 2015.
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2:33PM on 01/28/2013
If JJ is doing trek and wars then one will suffer or both. If JJ wanted to focus on trek, then do that, and make it the best you can, not shift over to star wars. They needed to get someone else for star wars, someone who is really hungry for it. I think it will just be an ok movie (hopefully better than those awful prequels), but it wont be amazing.
If JJ is doing trek and wars then one will suffer or both. If JJ wanted to focus on trek, then do that, and make it the best you can, not shift over to star wars. They needed to get someone else for star wars, someone who is really hungry for it. I think it will just be an ok movie (hopefully better than those awful prequels), but it wont be amazing.
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2:30PM on 01/28/2013

May 20th, 2016...I'm totally fine w/ that

Agree also...don't rush the film to meet the announced Summer 2015 date, making the best film possible is all the fans want right now.
Agree also...don't rush the film to meet the announced Summer 2015 date, making the best film possible is all the fans want right now.
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2:17PM on 01/28/2013
"There's a strong chance the movie (Star Wars) will get pushed from its current July 2015 release date to a late April 2016 date." -J.J. Abrams (Jumpkickpunch.com)
I'm not sure If I can stay excited for a movie that's coming out over three years from now.
"There's a strong chance the movie (Star Wars) will get pushed from its current July 2015 release date to a late April 2016 date." -J.J. Abrams (Jumpkickpunch.com)
I'm not sure If I can stay excited for a movie that's coming out over three years from now.
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1:28PM on 01/28/2013
Probably smart to delay the release a year, do it properly.
Probably smart to delay the release a year, do it properly.
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1:37PM on 01/28/2013
Booooooooo!
Booooooooo!
1:24PM on 01/28/2013

YES

I'm so excited for this.
I'm so excited for this.
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1:10PM on 01/28/2013
I wouldn't mind waiting around until all three sequels are fully fleshed out before the cameras even start rolling on episode vii. Even if it takes an additional decade, it'll be better than an eternity with another disappointing trilogy.
I wouldn't mind waiting around until all three sequels are fully fleshed out before the cameras even start rolling on episode vii. Even if it takes an additional decade, it'll be better than an eternity with another disappointing trilogy.
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12:57PM on 01/28/2013

I made that poster

I made that poster above and you can see it in higher quality at my Deviantart page:
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I made that poster above and you can see it in higher quality at my Deviantart page:
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1:55PM on 01/28/2013
Props, P.L. I'll put a link to it.
Props, P.L. I'll put a link to it.
12:45PM on 01/28/2013

I don't know why yet,

but...i just don't care about the new Star Wars movie.
but...i just don't care about the new Star Wars movie.
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12:34PM on 01/28/2013
Please please please...... No 3D
Please please please...... No 3D
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12:42PM on 01/28/2013
Well, you can forget that. Disney paid billions....of course they are going to get cash returns on 3d ticket sales.
Well, you can forget that. Disney paid billions....of course they are going to get cash returns on 3d ticket sales.
12:43PM on 01/28/2013
Don't hold your breath on that one, Kay. I am expecting it to be.
Don't hold your breath on that one, Kay. I am expecting it to be.
12:43PM on 01/28/2013
While I agree with you, and do not want 3D. We know to expect it 100%.
While I agree with you, and do not want 3D. We know to expect it 100%.
12:43PM on 01/28/2013
I'm sorry dude, but I think 3d is a given at this point. Episode 2 and 3 will be released in 3d this year. I'd be willing to bet Episodes 4 and 5 will be released in 3d in 2014, Episode 6 wille be in early 2015 I think and then we're all ready to watch episode 7 in 3d later that year.(all these dates could be shifted if episode 7 will be released in 2016 of course). I could of course be very wrong, but I think they knew about episodes 7,8 and 9 when they made 3d rerelease strategy.

While I'm
I'm sorry dude, but I think 3d is a given at this point. Episode 2 and 3 will be released in 3d this year. I'd be willing to bet Episodes 4 and 5 will be released in 3d in 2014, Episode 6 wille be in early 2015 I think and then we're all ready to watch episode 7 in 3d later that year.(all these dates could be shifted if episode 7 will be released in 2016 of course). I could of course be very wrong, but I think they knew about episodes 7,8 and 9 when they made 3d rerelease strategy.

While I'm speculating here I'll give you some speculation that is probably more positive to you, given your picture. I'd also say with Abramas onboard the possibility of Harrison Ford returning is around 90%. Ford starred in Regarding Henry the first film JJ ever wrote(or sold anyway) and recently he starred in Abrams produced Morning Glory and I saw an interview where Ford praised Abrams. So I think the signs of Han Solo returning are very good indeed!
1:37PM on 01/28/2013
I know it will be in 3D, but remember The Dark Knight rises, Nolan did make the studio bend to his will...
I know it will be in 3D, but remember The Dark Knight rises, Nolan did make the studio bend to his will...
1:37PM on 01/28/2013
Lets hope...
Lets hope...
5:55PM on 01/28/2013
Turns out I was fucking wroong about their rerelease masterplan! So there is a possibility this won't be 3d.
Turns out I was fucking wroong about their rerelease masterplan! So there is a possibility this won't be 3d.
12:27PM on 01/28/2013
Just do it right. Big sets, plenty of location shooting. As many practical effects as can be managed. New techniques, IMAX cameras. Innovate like the original films did.

Avoid the Blue Screen when at all conceivably possible.
Just do it right. Big sets, plenty of location shooting. As many practical effects as can be managed. New techniques, IMAX cameras. Innovate like the original films did.

Avoid the Blue Screen when at all conceivably possible.
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1:16PM on 01/28/2013
Yup. The lack of location shooting & practical effects really hurt the prequels, and Indy 4.
Yup. The lack of location shooting & practical effects really hurt the prequels, and Indy 4.
12:20PM on 01/28/2013
Push it to 2016. You pretty much have to at this point.
Push it to 2016. You pretty much have to at this point.
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