‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ Gets an Official December 2015 Release Date

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The day has come at last, my fellow movie geeks and fanatics. After more than a year of speculating about newly-established partner studios Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm’s plans with Star Wars: Episode VII – with the discussion recently shifting to the potential release date in either 2015 or 2016 – the Mouse House has settled on the exact day to launch our return trip to a galaxy far, far away.

A Disney retail executive recently let slip on Twitter that the studio has been targeting a late 2015 premiere date for Episode VII in recent months, before they deleted the incriminating Tweets (but not before the Internet picked them up and ran wild). Disney has decided to go ahead and let the cat fully out of bag, with regard to when J.J. Abrams’ space adventure will be released in theaters.

Here is the official press release from the Mouse House:

With pre-production in full-swing, a confirmed release date of December 18, 2015, has been set for Lucasfilm’s highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII.

“We’re very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture,” said Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios.

Star Wars: Episode VII will be directed by J.J. Abrams (Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek)and is being scripted by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi). Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, with Tommy Harper (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Jack Ryan, Star Trek Into Darkness) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin, War of the Worlds) serving as executive producers. John Williams is returning to score Star Wars: Episode VII.

Shooting is scheduled to begin spring 2014 at Pinewood Studios.

Star Wars Episode VII Fan Logo Star Wars: Episode 7 Gets an Official December 2015 Release Date

Interestingly, the Mouse House also bumped director Brad Bird’s sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland back from December 2014 to May 22nd, 2015. That indicates that May 2015 was the original target date that Disney has in mind for releasing Episode VII – three weeks after it premieres The Avengers: Age of Ultron - which would have been in keeping with the tradition (as every previous Star Wars movie has opened theatrically in May).

As was mentioned in a previous article, the December 2015 date seems like an effective way to satisfy the concerns of executive producer Kathleen Kennedy – who reportedly wanted the film delayed to 2016 in order to allow for more development time – and Disney CEO Robert Iger, who was adamant on maintaing a 2015 date (something that Abrams was also interested in making). If nothing else, this means Kennedy and Abrams now have an additional seven months to get Episode VII right, given the previous deadline they were working on.

Abrams and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark) – who have taken over the screenwriting process on Episode VII from Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) – will also now have more time to fine-tune the script, before Abrams begins the demanding task of shooting and editing the highly-anticipated, visual effects-heavy blockbuster.

jj abrams star wars episode 7 Star Wars: Episode 7 Gets an Official December 2015 Release Date

In a Deadline article that was published earlier today, Abrams confirmed that he and Kasdan took over writing Episode VII in order to get the film rolling along at a faster pace; though, without sacrificing quality at the same time. Here is what he said, on that issue:

“It became clear that given the time frame and given the process and the way the thing was going that working with Larry [Kasdan] in this way was going to get us where we need to be and when we needed to be… Working with Michael [Arndt] 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.”

It’s also worth noting that Abrams didn’t rule out the possibility of Arndt working on another Star Wars film, which makes sense given that he’s rumored to have also drafted story treatments for Episodes VIII & IX. As for Episode VII, it now faces direct competition during its opening weekend, in the form of director Duncan Jones’ Warcraft movie. Small potatoes, though, compared to the heavyweights that are going to duke it out for supremacy in Summer 2015 (see: Avengers 2, Batman vs. Superman, Jurassic World, etc., etc.).


Star Wars: Episode VII will open in theaters on December 18th, 2015.

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  1. I doubt Abrams would have taken this movie with just one in mind? Rush the first, perfect the second and ruin the third? makes sence.

  2. smart move delaying it until december.

  3. Good! Let’s hope they won’t be stressed as much now.

  4. Yawn! No interest!

  5. I am keeping expectations way low, JJ films are not very good. Star Trek, Super 8, MI:3, are some of the most poorly written, clunky Spielberg knockoffs i have ever seen. Next thing you know Lindelof will be brought it for a final polish, god help us.

    • A lot of people would disagree with that. MI: 3, Star Trek, and Super 8 were very positively reviewed and well received with audiences. You’re a minority here.

      • I’ll join the minority. Although mildly entertaining, very poorly written, I thought.

    • Agreed. It especially doesn’t bode well that, now almost a year into planning, they apparently only have a release date. No confirmation yet on actors or story. Pretty sad.

    • Right that it, how is MI:3 like anything Speilberg has done? Star Trek? it’s one thing saying it like countless others but what does it actually mean?

    • MI:3 wasn’t so bad. Everything else – laaame.

    • Michael Arndt is out and JJ scripting now is the beginning of the end !
      For me Michael Arndt was the big Plus on this !
      Respect to JJ he has the heart in the right place just his movies lack emotions and feelings and are all too technical with no real surprises !
      Thats why he keeps all in secrecy..cause there is nothing new about hos movies and if people would find out early enough not many would watch !

    • I quite enjoyed “Star Trek” and “Star Trek – Into Darkness” !!

  6. This is good, they have enough time and leisure to layout a well constructed story before production starts.

  7. We’ll see…

  8. I’m not an Abrams fan like AT ALL. I feel like he lacks in the creativity department and he’s absolutely HORRIBLE at twist/surprises actually being surprises.. Everyone of his “it’s a big secret SHUUSH” are the most obvious things ever. Cloverfild “Ohh what’s the big mystery” when everyone knew it was a monster and then BOOM it’s a monster. Same thing with Super 8. Same thing with Into Darkness “Ohh what’s the big surprise what’s the big mystery” Everyone knew it was Khan and BOOM it was Khan (i did like that movie though). Give me a break. BUT with all that said I am excited for the new Star Wars movie. I just hope and pray he Ep 7 wont be a complete rehash of one of the original 3 star wars movies ala Into Darkness

    • The big secret for Ep 7 will be that it has a death star. :)

  9. I was hoping for a Summer 2015 release but a December one may be healthier for the movie making process as a whole

  10. I think Disney made the right move there to release Star Wars: Episode 7 in December of 2015. Although I’m still not sure about Lawrence Kasdan (yes he did wrote The Empire Strikes Back & Return of the Jedi) who hasn’t wrote a good movie since.

  11. Still too short a time given its Star Wars and pre-production alone would consume months.

    • New character/creature/planet designs, etc.

  12. This is good news,for us Star Wars fans,I say take your time and do it right. Kathleen Kennedy,Lucasfilm and Disney has found a way to compromise,now if only the members of congress could work this well together,we would all be better off.

  13. I heard this is a change from the regular May releases of Star Wars movies, but if ya’ll remember, or not probably, but Return of the Jedi was released in December of 1983, so this ain’t that big of a deal.

    • I take that back. I was wrong. IT was released in May. It was just still in theaters in december. I can remember seeing the ad in the paper my parents still had when I was born that December. My bad.

  14. Sweet. Christmas in a galaxy far far away. I can’t wait to take my kids.

  15. Hmm, I think Abrams is being a little diplomatic regarding Michael Arndt, it’s been rumored for months there was disagreement regarding the script and that’s why Arndt left, but at the same time, Abrams and Kasdan HAVE NOT ditched Arndt’s draft and started from scratch, the spine and majority of that draft will likely remain intact…

    I agree with the sentiment it’s clear that Disney wanted a May 22nd, 2015 release for Episode VII, but it’s equally clear that none of the Episode VII production team felt they could make that date whilst delivering the best movie possible… and it’s all turned out well anyway; Abrams and co will have the time needed to make the best film possible, and Episode VII will have the entire Christmas/New Year 2015 holiday season to it’s self, crushing ‘Warcraft’ in it’s wake unless that film’s release is shifted (which it likely will be).

    The countdown begins right now… let the madness begin!

  16. So how soon does anyone think it will be before we hear that Warcraft is being moved to sometime early 2016?
    No offense because I’m actually interested seeing the movie but there’s no way in heck that you could release that movie the same week as Star Wars and expect it to do well. It will get clobbered.

  17. I love the trolls who come here and call JJ a hack when he’s had very successful TV shows like Alias and Lost movies like MI:3 and Star Trek, all of which have been successful in reviews and profits. What movies have you written, directed or produced that have an ounce of what he has accomplished? Exactly! You can have an stupid opinion while JJ directs Star Wars! Welcome to the food chain Bitc…

    • …said like the irrational, overly emotional teenager that you probably are. Myself and others here merely expressed our dislike for Abrams. The comments expressed were our opinions. The older you get, you will come to realize, and hopefully appreciate, that we all have different opinions about things.

      • Yeah you have stupid opinions and JJ has successful films and career. I’ll stick to the facts, you have never accomplished anything in Hollywood and no gay porn doesn’t count jeffy and JJ has and he’s on top of the world and your looking up at him just like you will be looking up at the screen of his Star Wars movie!LOL

        • Why stupid opinions ?
          Do not be so rude !!! Somebody could otherwise say keep your stupid opinion to you self as well !

          No need to be a movie director to have accomplished something in live,
          and people have a right to think and say what they think !

          Relax ,watch your G pron as u like,and live long and prosper !

          • Why not stupid opinions? You don’t think they exist? You think you can say whatever you want on a blog about somebody and not be challenged by someone? (You’re doing it with me hypocrite) There are educated opinions in life and there are stupid opinions and there are facts for example you have a grammar and spelling problem and that’s not an opinion it’s a fact. JJ is a successful director, writer and producer and Jeffy isn’t. And although he’s entitled to his stupid opinion the moment you put it out there it’s fair game! If you can’t back it up or handle being challenged keep it to yourself!

      • I think you may wrong about the teenager thing. I would say younger…

        • Yes, after his last comment, I would say you are correct…younger than a teenager. I’ve had run-ins with him before, under other discussions, and he often, almost always, resorts to name-calling when you disagree with him.

          • So Jeffy says “he often, almost always, resorts to name-calling when you disagree with him.” and yet you wrote “…said like the irrational, overly emotional teenager that you probably are.” Talk about hypocrisy. Are you a Pharisee jeffy? Cause you sure sound like one. It’s ok to have a stupid opinion Jeffy a lot of people do just understand that when you put it out there it may be challenged especially when it’s sooo stupid! Just because you don’t like or get JJ doesn’t mean he’s not great. If Spielberg and Lucas praise him as a talented film maker it’s because he is and guess what they actually have an educated opinion unlike yours.

        • And you would be wrong! But I’m sure you are used to it…

          • Oh, Kryptonian. I am no longer going to engage you. I am guessing that, either you get bullied in school and use the internet as your release, or if you are actually an adult, then you might have some mental health issues. Either way, you have my sympathies, and I hope you get some help. If you criticize any of my comments, under any discussions, in the future, I am not going to respond. Take care.

            • I don’t blame you Jeffy, I mean how many times can you get beat down before you throw in the towel? You can’t dispute the facts so giving up is the smart thing to do but we’ll see if you are a man of your word! I doubt it but time will tell. Either way JJ rocks and so will his Star Wars movie! Watch and see…

            • +1

              • Jeff – I respect your handling of this person. There is no reason to resort to abusive insults because someone doesn’t agree with your opinion.

                Kryptonian Knight – So, someone who has an opinion on a successful writer/director is automatically a troll because they haven’t lived up to the exact same successes? So, Roger Ebert was a troll? Leonard Maltin? Kofi Outlaw?

                The definition of an internet troll is someone who trolls along, starts arguments and upsets people by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an on-line community. Based on the amount of people who have responded to your initial post, I’d say you’re the troll.

                • “Jeff – I respect your handling of this person. There is no reason to resort to abusive insults because someone doesn’t agree with your opinion.” and yet your ok with jeff saying “…said like the irrational, overly emotional teenager that you probably are.” Thanks professor Hypocrite, you can have whatever opinion you want but once it goes public it can be challenged and I’m challenging anybody who calls JJ a some type of hack cause he’s not. And jeffy is no Roger Ebert so try comparing apples to apples. Roger Ebert and other professional movie critics get paid for what they do and they also get crushed for their views. How many times do you think Eberts been called an idiot or stupid for his opinion? It comes with the territory. If you can’t defend your stance on facts than be ready to be challenged. I’ll go with Spielberg’s opinion on JJ. You can stick with jeffy’s it’s your right. And as for your definition of a troll. I didn’t start an argument I posted a statement and Jeffy engaged and I didn’t post an off-topic comment so by your own definition I’m not. Not so smart for a professor maybe you should have procrastinated making a statement. LOL

                  • You came in swinging my friend. You initiated the attack by calling random people trolls and saying their opinions are stupid. I don’t agree with your tactics. And to be honest, I’m a fan of a lot of Abrams’ work. I think he is quite talented.

                • Thanks, Professor. I’ve attempted to advise him before that people can disagree, without being disagreeable to each other. Although I am concerned with always giving him the last word, as it could serve to further inflate his internet ego, I have found any dialogue with him, through multiple discussions now, to be utterly pointless. I appreciate your input and remarks.

                  • Your problem jeffy is not disagreeing, your problem is defending the indefensible. Your opinion is not greater than facts. You can say you don’t like Tom Brady but you can’t say he’s not very good, big difference there. Learn how to phrase your comments and you wont be called out so often.

                  • No problem Jeff.

                    Kryptonian – Remember that art is subjective. Your sports fact theory doesn’t hold up in this case. If you are referring to financial success or ratings as facts, remember that American Idol rules the TV ratings or that the Jersey Shore is a financial success on MTV. Neither of those shows would be considered “good” from a critical point of view, but the general public doesn’t always get drawn to what is good. And that’s how McDonalds likes it.

                    • Art Is subjective but awards like JJ’s Emmy isn’t its voted upon by people who are qualified and not based on some guys opinion on a blog who’s not even been in the industry. And guess what bub the movie biz is an industry not an art festival, an industry of making money and money is measurable so grow up. American idol has dominated for a decade because it provides a product people want or how would it have lasted so long? And it’s won many awards in the process so you are wrong again! Financial revenue and awards are facts and important if they weren’t they wouldn’t be measured just like sports. The NFL has the Superbowl and Hollywood has the Oscars. They measure each category just like sports and some guys are Tom Brady and some guys are Ryan Leaf! And for the record McDonald’s have never won culinary awards so your analogy doesn’t work. People buy food to live not for entertainment like sports and movies good lawd your a lousy professor!

                    • Good attempt, Professor, but you see how defensive and intolerant he can be when confronted with differing opinions. Just a seed of it is in his response to you, and I am sure that, if you engaged him further, he would resort to more name-calling and ridicule. Thus, the best way to deal with him, sadly, is to just ignore him. I hope he does not conduct himself likewise in real life, lest he have a lonely one. That’s it from me here, as I don’t want to play any further into his apparent game, in which he feeds his own ego by posting things that are convincing to him, but alienating to others…

  18. Gosh… Im really hoping the best.

  19. I would prefer that they take more time and release the film in the spring of 2016. Nevertheless, I’m still really looking forward to seeing the movie.

  20. I know everyone seems to have a hate on for JJ as of late but he makes financially successful films.

    He is an artist, he knows what looks good and he can tie a story together.

    Yes, obviously some films are better than others, but I know what I’ll be getting from him.
    Given the right amount of time, JJ will deliver a clean, polished, and entertaining flick.

    No, it most likely will not be the film of the century.
    But I just finished watching The Wolverine, and you KNOW it’s going to be a billion times better than that crap!!!

  21. Be funny if Warcraft beats it. lol

  22. I hope they never release a real trailer so people can’t decide to go on beforehand. They just have to go and check it out.

    I could see this movie release as one of the biggest ever.

  23. Just like it was an official 2014 release date…… This will be delayed to 2016 due to other movies coming out that year IMO

    • They said last year coming summer 2015. No where did they say 2014.

  24. This is a good move for Disney.. If they will release it on summer 2015, it will clash in the box office with Avengers 2 (which is not good because it is also from Disney) and Batman vs. Superman..

    This new release date will surely maximize their profits..They will easily OWN the Holiday 2015 box office..

    • I don’t see how it would really clash with Avengers. As per the article it seems they preferred a release date was May 2015 from the start and only weeks after Avengers.

      The real reason for the move is a very practical one. They simply couldn’t meet the May date.

      It was impossible based on the shooting schedule which will probably go for 4 plus months from spring which could be from May.

      The much bigger shock to me was the announcement of the summer 2015 in the first place.

  25. I would have been happy with a 2016 release date, but a mid-December release is a good compromise me thinks.

    • Something to look forward to for the holiday season after The Hobbit ends next year

  26. This movie is going to suck if it premieres in December! Every Star Wars movie has launched during the month of May, so this will be the ONE thing which will kill the Star Wars franchise! I will not be watching this film…

    • Then watch it in May. No one’s forcing you to watch it in December.

  27. I can’t wait for the release. It can’t be worse then the last 3 Star Wars movies.

  28. I hope they don’t ruin the film…
    Disney reputation sigh….

  29. finally a release date, been waiting FOREVER for that, but anyways good to know!