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Rumor: Lucasfilm and J.J. Abrams wanted to delay Star Wars: Episode VII to 2016 but Disney refused

Oct. 31, 2013by: Alex Maidy

Ok, now I am officially worried. On one hand, the news that Disney is 100% guaranteeing that STAR WARS: EPISODE VII will be coming in 2015 may be exciting news, but the fact that it may come at the expense of a quality film is not. The Hollywood Reporter claims inside sources have the anticipated film wrestling with internal issues.

There have been rumors of STAR WARS: EPISODE VII being released anywhere from Summer to Christmas and just recently we learned that Michael Arndt was no longer scripting STAR WARS: EPISODE VII and that J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan would take over those duties. Arndt had reportedly worked for a full year on STAR WARS: EPISODE VII and was 40-50 pages into the script when the change happened. But, no reason was given why.

Apparently, J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy at Lucasfilm are behind the eight ball with that 2015 date. If the sources are to be believed, they even asked Disney to delay the release to the following year to allow them more time to prepare the film. Disney CEO Bob Iger, the man who announced initially that STAR WARS: EPISODE VII would be coming in 2015, adamantly told them a delay would not happen.

Other rumors state that Abrams and Kennedy are at odds with casting while others say they are working together. The level of rumor and disinformation coming out is to be expected when a movie is as anticipated as this one. Plus, Disney needs to ensure everything goes right to finally exorcise the damage done to the fanbase by the prequels. But, this does not bode well for that to happen. STAR WARS movies are not something that can be slapped together, especially if they are planning such a widespread cinematic rebirth of the series including films for the next decade and beyond.

So, at this juncture, it looks like STAR WARS: EPISODE VII will be coming in 2015 as originally promised. But at what price?

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10:01PM on 11/02/2013
I rather wait until 2016 and get a good movie
I rather wait until 2016 and get a good movie
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7:38PM on 11/01/2013

bwahahahahahaha

I...told...you...so. Disney can go f*** off. But what's more likely is.........they will make a Dixar animated feature based on Princess Amidala and Jar Jar and call it a "Pixar" masterpiece, Disney will take all the credit and get all the money, and all you Dixar bitches will have orgasms in yer sweatpants. I am so tired of this site. If I hadn't been coming here since 2005 all you little Disney bitches would not even be on my radar. Fuck Disney, Fuck George Lucas, and I'll be goddamned:
I...told...you...so. Disney can go f*** off. But what's more likely is.........they will make a Dixar animated feature based on Princess Amidala and Jar Jar and call it a "Pixar" masterpiece, Disney will take all the credit and get all the money, and all you Dixar bitches will have orgasms in yer sweatpants. I am so tired of this site. If I hadn't been coming here since 2005 all you little Disney bitches would not even be on my radar. Fuck Disney, Fuck George Lucas, and I'll be goddamned: Fuck Marvel for selling out. What's next? DC sells out to Disney? Star Trek? Dreamworks? Ya'll corporate hags need to go fuck off
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7:13PM on 11/02/2013
Dude. Chill out.
Dude. Chill out.
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3:03PM on 11/01/2013
This movie will come out in May 2016 at the earliest. The script isn't even finished yet, there's no way Abrams is gonna hit the June 2015 release date. At the earliest Star Wars 7 will hit theaters in December 2015, but that's still a long shot. Anyway, it seems like this movie is plagued with a lot of problems, maybe Abrams should have stayed with Paramount and Star Trek.
This movie will come out in May 2016 at the earliest. The script isn't even finished yet, there's no way Abrams is gonna hit the June 2015 release date. At the earliest Star Wars 7 will hit theaters in December 2015, but that's still a long shot. Anyway, it seems like this movie is plagued with a lot of problems, maybe Abrams should have stayed with Paramount and Star Trek.
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7:41AM on 11/01/2013
You know, the last paragraph of that Hollywood Reporter article states: "Another project insider dismisses talk of problems and what the writer shuffle means for what is perhaps Hollywood's most valued franchise. "It's nothing out of the ordinary," says the insider. "Almost every big movie changes writers at some point. There's no drama here."

I'd go with that for now.
You know, the last paragraph of that Hollywood Reporter article states: "Another project insider dismisses talk of problems and what the writer shuffle means for what is perhaps Hollywood's most valued franchise. "It's nothing out of the ordinary," says the insider. "Almost every big movie changes writers at some point. There's no drama here."

I'd go with that for now.
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3:44AM on 11/01/2013
How can they rush this in any sort of way?! It is the first movie in a huge load of SW, it need to launch at it's very best!!!
How can they rush this in any sort of way?! It is the first movie in a huge load of SW, it need to launch at it's very best!!!
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12:08AM on 11/01/2013

2015 ain't happenin'...

Not in a million light years.
Not in a million light years.
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11:23PM on 10/31/2013

The more the better.

Prequels weren't bad at all imo, jar jar sucked and done of the acting a little cheesy, but incredible action and special effects! We'll always have the Star Wars from our childhood, but it's a different time now, I want to see big budget spectacles for my $50 trips to the movies.
Prequels weren't bad at all imo, jar jar sucked and done of the acting a little cheesy, but incredible action and special effects! We'll always have the Star Wars from our childhood, but it's a different time now, I want to see big budget spectacles for my $50 trips to the movies.
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9:51PM on 10/31/2013
I think they're going to work it out, but with billions and billions in the balance, opinions are going to be hurled across the boardroom table at Disney.
I think they're going to work it out, but with billions and billions in the balance, opinions are going to be hurled across the boardroom table at Disney.
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8:55PM on 10/31/2013

RUMOR:

The Y2K/Millenium bug will ruin the world! Panic!!!
According to the Mayan calendar the world will cease to exist in 2012! Panic!!!
That's just what they are; rumors. Calm down and let's see what happens.
The Y2K/Millenium bug will ruin the world! Panic!!!
According to the Mayan calendar the world will cease to exist in 2012! Panic!!!
That's just what they are; rumors. Calm down and let's see what happens.
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8:45PM on 10/31/2013

the STAR WARS prequels were

slapped together... so in holding true... this seems correct. but yeah... disney might want to be flexible with the timetable and allow them a little leeway if they need it...
PS Disney has never been smart.... sometimes they make great movies... but... STAR WARS? c'mon.
slapped together... so in holding true... this seems correct. but yeah... disney might want to be flexible with the timetable and allow them a little leeway if they need it...
PS Disney has never been smart.... sometimes they make great movies... but... STAR WARS? c'mon.
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8:20PM on 10/31/2013

"Anonymous inside source" is another way to say "bullshit"

Star Wars is a big franchise that many people love. People will always take advantage of that by making up rumors for attention, increased traffic, etc... Unless the source is blatantly a producer, director, writer, or actor then it is most likely bullshit.
Star Wars is a big franchise that many people love. People will always take advantage of that by making up rumors for attention, increased traffic, etc... Unless the source is blatantly a producer, director, writer, or actor then it is most likely bullshit.
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6:47PM on 10/31/2013
I read on a different site that JJ Abrams is fine with the release date but Kennedy wanted to delay it. Sorry, I don't remember which site though.
I read on a different site that JJ Abrams is fine with the release date but Kennedy wanted to delay it. Sorry, I don't remember which site though.
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5:28PM on 10/31/2013

Adults taking control

The news here is that after spending $3 Billion Disney expects a return on their investment. Remember how long it took the sequels to come after Return of the Jedi! Some one has to get these creative people to complete these films on time and on budget or as Lucas and Spielberg have already said the whole system will come crashing down. Have a vision but don't turn them into money ratholes that deliver disappointing films for everyone to rag on.
The news here is that after spending $3 Billion Disney expects a return on their investment. Remember how long it took the sequels to come after Return of the Jedi! Some one has to get these creative people to complete these films on time and on budget or as Lucas and Spielberg have already said the whole system will come crashing down. Have a vision but don't turn them into money ratholes that deliver disappointing films for everyone to rag on.
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4:50PM on 10/31/2013

The apocalypse is near...

Yep. The more news I'm reading about the films of 2015 the more it's becoming clear. Hollywood will end. RISE OF THE INDIE FILMS!!!

Can someone hand me my tin foil hat please?
Yep. The more news I'm reading about the films of 2015 the more it's becoming clear. Hollywood will end. RISE OF THE INDIE FILMS!!!

Can someone hand me my tin foil hat please?
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4:49PM on 10/31/2013

The apocalypse is near...

Yep. The more news I'm reading about the films of 2015 the more it's becoming clear. Hollywood will end. RISE OF THE INDIE FILMS!!!

Can someone hand me my tin foil hat please?
Yep. The more news I'm reading about the films of 2015 the more it's becoming clear. Hollywood will end. RISE OF THE INDIE FILMS!!!

Can someone hand me my tin foil hat please?
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5:29PM on 10/31/2013
Chillax with the triple posting.
Chillax with the triple posting.
4:40PM on 10/31/2013

The apocalypse is near...

Yep. The more news I'm reading about the films of 2015 the more it's becoming clear. Hollywood will end. RISE OF THE INDIE FILMS!!!

Can someone hand me my tin foil hat please?
Yep. The more news I'm reading about the films of 2015 the more it's becoming clear. Hollywood will end. RISE OF THE INDIE FILMS!!!

Can someone hand me my tin foil hat please?
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4:04PM on 10/31/2013
This is show BUSINESS, people. Let's thank our lucky stars we're even getting another opportunity to cinematically rebuild this franchise.
This is show BUSINESS, people. Let's thank our lucky stars we're even getting another opportunity to cinematically rebuild this franchise.
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4:21PM on 10/31/2013
But at what costs? At the cost of a shitty first entry into the new franchise?
But at what costs? At the cost of a shitty first entry into the new franchise?
5:33PM on 10/31/2013
Man simply points out the accurate truth of the movie business. Man gets down voted by at least 4 nitwits who don't understand he wasn't actually attacking their precious childhood memories. Sometimes I wonder if the collective mental resource of the strikeback forums is strong enough to power an 18-Watt CFL light bulb.
Man simply points out the accurate truth of the movie business. Man gets down voted by at least 4 nitwits who don't understand he wasn't actually attacking their precious childhood memories. Sometimes I wonder if the collective mental resource of the strikeback forums is strong enough to power an 18-Watt CFL light bulb.
4:04PM on 10/31/2013

Their own fault.

This is the problem with the recent Hollywood trend of announcing release dates and planning years and years in the future when you haven't even started making the 1st movie yet. Whatever happened to studios playing things close to the vest and genuinely surprising people once the 1st set pictures or official photos or even the trailer come out?? I get it's a ridiculously highly anticipated movie, but come on. Now if they wanted to delay it, they'd get so much bad publicity. The hiring of
This is the problem with the recent Hollywood trend of announcing release dates and planning years and years in the future when you haven't even started making the 1st movie yet. Whatever happened to studios playing things close to the vest and genuinely surprising people once the 1st set pictures or official photos or even the trailer come out?? I get it's a ridiculously highly anticipated movie, but come on. Now if they wanted to delay it, they'd get so much bad publicity. The hiring of Abrams, the news of the writer quitting, and now this. Don't rush things, focus on getting a good script and good story together, find the right actors to play the parts, and film the darn movie already. Get your stuff together, guys.
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5:27PM on 10/31/2013
there is a huge difference between the rise of interest in release dates by the public and thus the increased media attention it is given, and your assumption that studios did not plan and announce release dates years in advance in the past when their was lack of public interest in them and thus lack of media attention to it.

there is a huge difference between the rise of interest in release dates by the public and thus the increased media attention it is given, and your assumption that studios did not plan and announce release dates years in advance in the past when their was lack of public interest in them and thus lack of media attention to it.

5:39PM on 10/31/2013
You're also assuming that people didn't care about release dates in the past. That's definitely not true at all. There hasn't been any 'rise of interest in release dates' as opposed to the past, that's an assumption on your part. Of course the media paid attention to studios announcing release dates in the past, it's odd to say that the media would just ignore something like that. The difference is that studios announced those release dates much less often back then. Of course they would plan
You're also assuming that people didn't care about release dates in the past. That's definitely not true at all. There hasn't been any 'rise of interest in release dates' as opposed to the past, that's an assumption on your part. Of course the media paid attention to studios announcing release dates in the past, it's odd to say that the media would just ignore something like that. The difference is that studios announced those release dates much less often back then. Of course they would plan for the future, but they'd never pull a Marvel and publicly announce their plans almost 6 or 7 years ahead of time. The difference is that people are much less patient nowadays and, as seen by the reaction to the news in this article, the studios are doing this to themselves and shooting themselves in the foot.
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4:02PM on 10/31/2013
Same shit happens on every movie, calm down!
Same shit happens on every movie, calm down!
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3:50PM on 10/31/2013

enough already

about how the prequels killed the franchise or even wounded it. Every star wars fans owns those movies, if for nothing else just to watch the FX and action. Not saying they are great movies, but lets not act like they wounded the fan-base and cost it fans who will never come back, just get over it already
about how the prequels killed the franchise or even wounded it. Every star wars fans owns those movies, if for nothing else just to watch the FX and action. Not saying they are great movies, but lets not act like they wounded the fan-base and cost it fans who will never come back, just get over it already
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6:07PM on 10/31/2013
I am a fan of the Star Wars saga, but I don't own the prequels.

But yeah, if they build another Death Star, people will come.

I am a fan of the Star Wars saga, but I don't own the prequels.

But yeah, if they build another Death Star, people will come.

3:46PM on 10/31/2013

Jeezus...

...why is every studio so quick to secure a release date for their films? We understand they want to make sure they have a date and want to start building hype but what exactly is the rush? The movie will still make a boatload of cash whether it's released in 2015, 2016 or 2017. It's obvious that many of the pieces are not in place. When it comes to music, movies, etc. I can't stand a definitive date or deadline for a release. Movies, music, etc. is an art form and needs time to be
...why is every studio so quick to secure a release date for their films? We understand they want to make sure they have a date and want to start building hype but what exactly is the rush? The movie will still make a boatload of cash whether it's released in 2015, 2016 or 2017. It's obvious that many of the pieces are not in place. When it comes to music, movies, etc. I can't stand a definitive date or deadline for a release. Movies, music, etc. is an art form and needs time to be developed and refined until the artist is happy with it. Considering all of the blockbusters in 2015 as it is what's the big deal about waiting until summer 2016?
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3:43PM on 10/31/2013
Considering that the majority of Ep VII "news" stories turn out to be bullshit or grossly incorrect I'll assume it's the case with this as well. Too many rumours being blown out of proportion lately.
Considering that the majority of Ep VII "news" stories turn out to be bullshit or grossly incorrect I'll assume it's the case with this as well. Too many rumours being blown out of proportion lately.
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3:31PM on 10/31/2013

Disney jumped the gun since day one, setting a 2015 release!

Disney announcing Episode VII was amazing, setting the release date of 2015 without a completed script, a director, or a cast is begging for problems or a rushed project leading to a "so-so" film. Abrams said a 6 month delay would be a great benefit to making the right Star Wars film. Fuck you Bob Iger! You greedy CEO! Fucking give it to him and Lucasfilm! I'm completely excited for Episode VII, but I want a "GREAT" Star Wars film! And if that means adding 6 more months to a year, then Disney
Disney announcing Episode VII was amazing, setting the release date of 2015 without a completed script, a director, or a cast is begging for problems or a rushed project leading to a "so-so" film. Abrams said a 6 month delay would be a great benefit to making the right Star Wars film. Fuck you Bob Iger! You greedy CEO! Fucking give it to him and Lucasfilm! I'm completely excited for Episode VII, but I want a "GREAT" Star Wars film! And if that means adding 6 more months to a year, then Disney needs to shut the fuck up and give it to them. If it was a 2 year delay or more, then that would be a bit much. The world deserves a great Star Wars sequel. It's about 6 months! We can all wait that long!
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3:20PM on 10/31/2013
How long til JJ drops out because he doesn't think he has enough time to do a good job?
How long til JJ drops out because he doesn't think he has enough time to do a good job?
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3:18PM on 10/31/2013
Well if any of this turns out to be true, I fully support a 2016 release or whenever the creative team deems it possible.
Well if any of this turns out to be true, I fully support a 2016 release or whenever the creative team deems it possible.
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3:02PM on 10/31/2013
So very many rumors at this point to the point that it has actually gotten annoying. I know this film is a big deal and all of us fans want a great Star Wars film, but enough with the bullshit.
So very many rumors at this point to the point that it has actually gotten annoying. I know this film is a big deal and all of us fans want a great Star Wars film, but enough with the bullshit.
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3:23PM on 10/31/2013
I feel your pain. It's just a clusterfuck of rumors between The Avengers 2 and this, but such is the movie industry these days.
I feel your pain. It's just a clusterfuck of rumors between The Avengers 2 and this, but such is the movie industry these days.
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