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The release date for Star Wars: Episode VII may end up being a Christmas gift

Aug. 19, 2013by:

Since 1977, every STAR WARS movie has been released in May. When STAR WARS: EPISODE VII was announced with a 2015 release date, we all made the assumption that it would hit theaters in May of that year. But, as we learned from THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT, assumptions will make an ass outta you and umption. There was nothing tying STAR WARS: EPISODE VII to that month aside from tradition, and with such a short window to complete the film, we may be able to forget about a May release date.

According to Badass Digest, citing multiple sources, J.J. Abrams may be getting a few extra months to work on STAR WARS: EPISODE VII as rumors have the film potentially hitting theaters on December 15, 2015 or as late as Christmas Day. If things run long during production, it may push into 2016, but it sounds like they are doing everything they can to avoid that from happening.

2015 is already shaping up to be a massive summer for movies with THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 5, ASSASSIN'S CREED, the new TERMINATOR, Pixar's INSIDE OUT and BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN all hitting screens amongst many others, STAR WARS: EPISODE VII would definitely feel some impact on the box office. Moving it to Christmas would guarantee less competition and the potential for AVATAR level grosses. I would rather give Abrams more time to make the best movie possible, so I have no problem with this. I guarantee some fans will begin ranting at the sanctity of the May date. I guess there goes May the 4th.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII may (pun intended) hit screens December 2015.

Source: Badass Digest

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3:27PM on 08/19/2013

Good

Any excuse not to spend time with my family on Christmas.
Any excuse not to spend time with my family on Christmas.
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3:25PM on 08/19/2013
Fucking Christmas!!!!???? This should have been releases on may the 4th! Period!!! No questions asked!!!
Fucking Christmas!!!!???? This should have been releases on may the 4th! Period!!! No questions asked!!!
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10:58PM on 08/19/2013

I've noticed something

People who are getting down votes are in support of them taking their time and people arguing for why it's unnecessary can only say "I'm impatient, I must have it now!" As if they haven't already been waiting 10 years for this movie to come anyway.
People who are getting down votes are in support of them taking their time and people arguing for why it's unnecessary can only say "I'm impatient, I must have it now!" As if they haven't already been waiting 10 years for this movie to come anyway.
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7:47PM on 08/19/2013

Long Kiss Goodnight is a Christmas movie...nice tie-in!

A good move on the part of those involved. Maidy's right, there will be zero blockbuster competition after Christmas day, and that will certainly help VII's grosses reach that Avatar milestone. Now all Disney has to do is release the Star Wars Holiday Special on Blu-Ray a few weeks prior and everything will be perfect.

In addition to Long Kiss, other films also set at Christmas that Shane Black scripted include Lethal Weapon and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
A good move on the part of those involved. Maidy's right, there will be zero blockbuster competition after Christmas day, and that will certainly help VII's grosses reach that Avatar milestone. Now all Disney has to do is release the Star Wars Holiday Special on Blu-Ray a few weeks prior and everything will be perfect.

In addition to Long Kiss, other films also set at Christmas that Shane Black scripted include Lethal Weapon and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
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3:37PM on 08/19/2013
Disney likely doesn't want this competing with Avengers 2 which is a May release. This is what happens when one company owns so many billion dollar franchises.
Disney likely doesn't want this competing with Avengers 2 which is a May release. This is what happens when one company owns so many billion dollar franchises.
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12:29AM on 08/20/2013

Sue me, I'm no Jedi, it's not about logic it's about nostalgia

I want nothing but the best Star Wars sequel possible and every part of me should be totally down for this move. I think JJ Abrams has earned himself the ability to take as much time as he needs to make it right. And it's amazing that one of the major studios might actually be agreeing with this sentiment (not to mention the idea that the holiday release has the "potential for Avatar grosses"). But I guess I'm a bigger nerd and maybe more superstitious than I thought, but the idea of not
I want nothing but the best Star Wars sequel possible and every part of me should be totally down for this move. I think JJ Abrams has earned himself the ability to take as much time as he needs to make it right. And it's amazing that one of the major studios might actually be agreeing with this sentiment (not to mention the idea that the holiday release has the "potential for Avatar grosses"). But I guess I'm a bigger nerd and maybe more superstitious than I thought, but the idea of not following this silly May release tradition does kind of bum me out. It obviously will not hinder the quality of the movie whatsoever, but I feel it will change the experience of bringing Star Wars back to the big screen. I definitely have some awesome memories of spending hours in line drinking awful vodka gatorades at the mall and geeking out on nice spring days waiting for midnight showings of Star Wars to kick off summer blockbuster season. I think I'd actually prefer to wait until May 2016 just to keep with all the awesome Star Wars nostalgia.
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3:04PM on 08/21/2013
I'll be honest, I didn't even know that was a tradition. Guess I'm not as big of a Star Wars fan as I thought. But regardless, I don't really care if they push the release date. One thing that I think tripped of the Prequels was how bogged down in tradition George Lucas made the films. If the plan is to re-introduce Star Wars to the public and breathe some new life into the franchise, throw the traditions out the window. Who cares about the release date, as much as people complain, they're
I'll be honest, I didn't even know that was a tradition. Guess I'm not as big of a Star Wars fan as I thought. But regardless, I don't really care if they push the release date. One thing that I think tripped of the Prequels was how bogged down in tradition George Lucas made the films. If the plan is to re-introduce Star Wars to the public and breathe some new life into the franchise, throw the traditions out the window. Who cares about the release date, as much as people complain, they're still going to see the movies. Fans need to leave it all in the past and let this be a fresh start for Star Wars.
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10:13PM on 08/19/2013
It's a tradition that Star Wars movies come out on Memorial Day weekend.
It's a tradition that Star Wars movies come out on Memorial Day weekend.
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5:44PM on 08/19/2013
What a pleasant holiday surprise!
What a pleasant holiday surprise!
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3:44PM on 08/19/2013

Christmas releases are the best!

As we all learned back in 2001-2003 with The Lord of The Rings trilogy, these are the best Christmas presents we could ever ask for! I hope this is true for Star Wars Episode VII.
As we all learned back in 2001-2003 with The Lord of The Rings trilogy, these are the best Christmas presents we could ever ask for! I hope this is true for Star Wars Episode VII.
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4:08PM on 08/19/2013
Such a great move, Disney isn't stupid releasing it in May would be probably be one of the dumbest fucking decision ever having Star Wars and Avengers: Age of Ultron competing would just be asinine.
Such a great move, Disney isn't stupid releasing it in May would be probably be one of the dumbest fucking decision ever having Star Wars and Avengers: Age of Ultron competing would just be asinine.
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5:26PM on 08/19/2013
Totally agree (not sure why others don't seem to given your down votes). Why would they want to compete against themselves?
Totally agree (not sure why others don't seem to given your down votes). Why would they want to compete against themselves?
6:18PM on 08/19/2013
same, I just think it is logical that it would be released in December.
same, I just think it is logical that it would be released in December.
8:27PM on 08/19/2013
I'd prefer a May 2016 release over a December 2015 release. Star Wars opening in a month other than May just feels wrong. Besides, a year ago nobody expected to have another Star Ware film. I don't think people would complain about waiting.
I'd prefer a May 2016 release over a December 2015 release. Star Wars opening in a month other than May just feels wrong. Besides, a year ago nobody expected to have another Star Ware film. I don't think people would complain about waiting.
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4:18PM on 08/19/2013

Sounds about right

Disney wouldn't want this to conflict with their other baby (The Avengers), so setting it for a Winter 2015 release only makes sense. Plus, plenty of people will be on vacation and if we've learned anything from Avatar--there's money to be made in December.
Disney wouldn't want this to conflict with their other baby (The Avengers), so setting it for a Winter 2015 release only makes sense. Plus, plenty of people will be on vacation and if we've learned anything from Avatar--there's money to be made in December.
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4:17PM on 08/19/2013

As long as it's good, I don't care when it comes out

That said, I'm booking the babysitter now. ;)
That said, I'm booking the babysitter now. ;)
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4:12PM on 08/19/2013
Don't care if we don't get it till summer 2016, as long as J.J. takes his time.
Don't care if we don't get it till summer 2016, as long as J.J. takes his time.
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5:17PM on 08/19/2013
Take his time? Wtf difference does it make if he takes his time? Studios don't normally let directors "take they're time" this isn't JJ's first rodeo pal! I'm sure he's got plenty in mind as we speak on witch direction he wants to take the film...
Take his time? Wtf difference does it make if he takes his time? Studios don't normally let directors "take they're time" this isn't JJ's first rodeo pal! I'm sure he's got plenty in mind as we speak on witch direction he wants to take the film...
4:26PM on 08/19/2013

Take your time!!!

i would rather they just wait until summer of 2016 to release it. Makes more sense don't you think? Keep up with the May tradition while also giving JJ and crew enough time to deliver the best movie possible. Trying to stay optimistic but to me it seems like they are rushing things.
i would rather they just wait until summer of 2016 to release it. Makes more sense don't you think? Keep up with the May tradition while also giving JJ and crew enough time to deliver the best movie possible. Trying to stay optimistic but to me it seems like they are rushing things.
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5:15PM on 08/19/2013
Rushing things? They have well over a year to put this in theaters! Principal photography I'd give them 3-5 months to film... JJ knows how to make movies, needing "extra time" so it's perfect? A: nobody is going to think this film is perfect no matter if it really is or isn't. B: I for one fully trust JJ's ability to make a honest to god Star Wars film! Taking your time on it has nothing to do with it! I don't want to wait any longer than I have to to see this movie! JJ didn't have to take his
Rushing things? They have well over a year to put this in theaters! Principal photography I'd give them 3-5 months to film... JJ knows how to make movies, needing "extra time" so it's perfect? A: nobody is going to think this film is perfect no matter if it really is or isn't. B: I for one fully trust JJ's ability to make a honest to god Star Wars film! Taking your time on it has nothing to do with it! I don't want to wait any longer than I have to to see this movie! JJ didn't have to take his time on Star Trek to make sure he gets it right! Not did he have to take his time on MI3 or super 8...
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4:52PM on 08/19/2013
If this summer has taught us a few things, it's that the tent poles are choking each other and audiences are finally starting to be wary of quantity vs quality. Just let Avengers 2 storm the 2015 summer and slap a teaser on it for Episode Vii May 2016....
If this summer has taught us a few things, it's that the tent poles are choking each other and audiences are finally starting to be wary of quantity vs quality. Just let Avengers 2 storm the 2015 summer and slap a teaser on it for Episode Vii May 2016....
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5:09PM on 08/19/2013
I don't think this summer taught us anything new at all! Every few years the summer box office can suck. There have been plenty blah summers since I can remember and I'm only 34 years old. This summer was a downer, but still managed to produce some and I mean SOME ok films. For the most part you are right this has been a weak summer!
I don't think this summer taught us anything new at all! Every few years the summer box office can suck. There have been plenty blah summers since I can remember and I'm only 34 years old. This summer was a downer, but still managed to produce some and I mean SOME ok films. For the most part you are right this has been a weak summer!
5:41PM on 08/19/2013
Check out the films that came out Summer 1989. Bond, Star Trek & others got KO'd by the competition.
Check out the films that came out Summer 1989. Bond, Star Trek & others got KO'd by the competition.
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