Why Does STAR WARS VII Have A December Release Date? Bob Iger Explains

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star-wars-episode-vii-logoIt was announced this past Thursday that Disney and J.J. AbramsStar Wars: Episode VII would be released December 18, 2015. Fans were excited to finally hear a solid piece of Star Wars news, but some were a little disappointed that the film wouldn’t be coming out in May like the previous Star Wars films. Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger spoke with Bloomberg TV about the the decision to wait until December for a trip to a galaxy far, far away.

The news that Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan would be taking over script writing duties had some concerned that the film couldn’t make its 2015 release. It was said that producer Kathleen Kennedy asked for a 2016 release, but Iger was sticking with the plan Disney laid out when they announced their acquisition of Lucasfilm. It seems Iger budged a little and game them the December release as a compromise:

Well, this is obviously one of the most important films that we are working on right now. And one of the things that was very important to us is that we give the creative team, J.J. Abrams and his writing team, the time to design, write and produce the film so we can optimize quality, so they can create a great film. Very, very important.

At one point we considered the summer of 2015, but it felt like, particularly with some changes we made in the writing team, that that was going to create a bit of a rush and didn’t think that was optimal for obvious reasons. So Christmas 2015 became the date. Happens to be the date which Avatar, which is the No. 1 movie of all time, was released, so we like that. Hopefully that brings good luck, even though that wasn’t our film. And Christmas is a good time we think for a film like Star Wars, which will have obvious interest for young people and old people alike. From everyone.

Time seems to be a big factor for Star Wars so far. Abrams is supposed to begin filming early next year, but he’s hard at work on the script right now. It seems the director will be able to pull it off though. It’s going to be close, but I think he can do it. The December release gives him a little more time. I suppose Abrams should be pleased with the deal and pray Iger does not alter it further. What do you think about Iger‘s reasoning behind the December date? Are you happy to hear a firm date after all the speculation?

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Source : Bloomberg TV via IGN