DISNEY CEO Force Choking JJ Abrams Into A STAR WARS VII 2015 Release
There’s a disturbance in the force. It is being reported that the studio is making J.J. Abrams stick to the 2015 release date for Star Wars VII despite a script that some insiders are saying “isn’t close to ready.” The Hollywood Reporter had the rundown of the less than welcomed news.
A few weeks ago Star Wars VII lost its script writer as Michael Arndt exited the project. Lawrence Kasdan and J.J. Abrams will take on the writing duties, and they’re hard at work rewriting most all of the script that was in place. THR says that producer Kathleen Kennedy and some of the film’s creative team have asked Disney CEO Bob Iger to push the release back to 2016. Iger is sticking to his guns and telling Kennedy and company he expects to travel to a galaxy far, far away in 2015.
Arndt had a 40-50 page treatment in place, but walked away after (and these are just allegations) Abrams became “autocratic in recent months, wresting some casting control from Kennedy.” Abrams is said to be okay with the 2015 release, so there is some tension between all the various camps. 2015 will see the release of films like Avengers: Age of Ultron, Batman vs. Superman, and the final Hunger Games, but Iger needs the film out in 2015 to stick with the Star Wars plans Disney rolled out when they bought the franchise from Lucas. Episodes VII, VIII, and IX will roll out over a six-year period with at least two spinoffs coming out during the gaps. Abrams, Kennedy, and everyone else knew what the plans were when things started. It’s hard to fault Iger for wanting to keep the trains on schedule. What do you think about this possible problem with production?
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Source : The Hollywood Reporter