Rumor Patrol: ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ to Release in Mid-December 2015

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Ever since the world (of sci-fi fans, at least) was rocked by the news that Disney had acquired Lucasfilm and set in motion plans to produce Star Wars: Episode 7, official announcements about returning cast and the creative team being assembled have been trickling in steadily amidst a river of rumor and speculation.

Whether it’s Ryan Gosling as the son of Luke Skywalker or the return of Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi, there’s a rumor to suit just about every sensibility. One subject of particular interest, however, is the exact timing of Star Wars: Episode 7‘s 2015 release, which will help to determine how successful the movie could be at the box office, and what kind of competition it will be facing.

Though Star Wars: Episode 7‘s precise release date has not been officially set, Badass Digest cites rumors from “multiple sources” that Disney and Lucasfilm have their sights set on a December 2015 release date for Star Wars Episode 7, most likely in the middle of the month. This contradicts Disney CEO Alan Horn’s recent comments at D23, in which he indicated that the film will be released by summer 2015, but there are a few reasons that make the move to a winter release more likely.

The summer 2015 box office is already looking pretty gladiatorial, with plenty of heavy hitters stepping up to the plate. May, the month in which all the Star Wars movies so far have been released, will bring The Avengers: Age of Ultron – a movie with a similar target demographic as Star Wars: Episode 7 (and with Disney behind them both), which follows on from 2012 titan The Avengers, the third highest-grossing movie of all time. June is a little quieter, save for Terminator 5 and video game adaptation Assassin’s Creed, but Independence Day 2 and Pirates of the Caribbean 5 are both scheduled for July releases.

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A December 2015 release would also give director J.J. Abrams as much time as possible to piece Star Wars: Episode 7 together, whilst still remaining in the general timeframe of 2015. Despite the huge amount of anticipation for the sequels, Star Wars: Episode 7 needs to dispel the stigma associated with the prequels in order to keep audiences coming back for the next two movies, which means that Disney would be well advised to give Star Wars: Episode 7 a generous development, production and post-production schedule. It could also set the new Star Wars trilogy up as the new Christmas franchise, taking over after The Hobbit concludes in 2014.

Do you want to see Star Wars: Episode 7 as soon as possible, or are you okay with waiting an extra few months? Tell us which release period you think would be wisest in the comments.


Star Wars Episode 7 is expected to release some time in 2015.

Source: Badass Digest

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  1. In late 1976, It was decided that Star Wars would move from it’s December release to May of 1977. After it’s huge success, George Lucas wanted to keep that May release going for all his other installments. If Disney is moving it to December 2015, it is, in a way, going back to it’s original release time frame.

  2. December is not so bad. The Lord of the Rings movies had huge openings and were very successful in December. Also Mission Impossible movies did very well. Most people think the summer is the big time but another good spot to be in is December.

  3. Take your time. :)

  4. i think this is a good idea. Theres no sense in Disney making the Avengers and Star Wars go at it for box office cash. Let one rule summer and the other rule Christmas. Makes a lot of sense to me.

  5. Very good idea indeed. The Hobbit will finish its run in December 2014 with Avatar taking over in December 2016. What better date for Star Wars than December 2015, especially since summer 2015 is already overcrowded with Avengers 2, Batman vs. Superman and a potential third Star Trek auting.

  6. They should just release it in February. It’s freaking Star Wars. They know it will make money whenever it is released. Why not release it then? You would have absolutely no competition at all.

  7. i didnt like the hobbit much, neither did many critics as it got significantly lower rottentomato score than the lord of the rings trilogy, but yet it still made 1billion dollars… same will happen for star wars whether its a good movie or not its gonna make around that figure.. but if its amazing as the original it could get to avengerss type figuressss so really doesnt matter when but december seems the smarter choice… as disney will have 3 potential billion dollar films … plus as usual a successful pixar films …lolz at least 4 billion dollars from 4 films…. they re such a monopolyy! power to the MOUSE!!

  8. I would wait till my death bed to have a great film, Disney better not screw this up!! Christmas would be fine for me.