Seeing as summer 2015 will not only feature the reassembling of the Avengers with Avengers: Age of Ultron but also feature a team up between Batman and Superman the question always was if a Star Wars release around the same time might be a bit too much. And after much speculation Disney finally stopped all those rumors by announcing that Star Wars Episode VII (directed by J.J. Abrams) will come into theaters on december 18th 2015. This means that for the first time Star Wars is not a summer release but a sort of Christmas movie.
Head over to starwars.com to read the full announcement.
Recently the news broke that Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, Little Miss Sunshine) – who wrote the first treatment of Episode VII based on ideas by George Lucas – dropped out of the project and that Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strike Back, Return of the Jedi) would take over script writing duties.
There was much speculation about the Why and How Arndt left the project and in a Deadline article Abrams adressed this issue:
“It became clear that given the time frame and given the process and the way the thing was going that working with Larry in this way was going to get us where we need to be and when we needed to be,”
About Arndt’s future involvement in the Star Wars Saga:
“Working with Michael was a wonderful experience and I couldn’t be a bigger fan of his or adore him more, He’s a wonderful guy and was incredibly helpful in the process,” Abrams said of Arndt. The director also noted that while he and Kasdan have taken over the script for the first of the three new Star Wars films that Disney has planned over the next few years, “that doesn’t preclude working with Michael again in the future.” Abrams added, “he is one of the best writers around.”