'Star Wars: Episode VII' Hitting Theaters December 18, 2015

Star Wars Episode 7 December 2015 release date
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Walt Disney Pictures has just announced Star Wars: Episode VII will hit theaters on December 18, 2015 under the direction of J.J. Abrams with a screenplay by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (Empire Strikes Back) and a story by Michael Arndt.

Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, was quoted in a press release saying, "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."

Abrams recently spoke with Deadline.com about the news he and Kasdan would take over scripting duties on the film, after Arndt worked on the original draft, stating the timeline for the film's release was a big reason. Abrams told the site, "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."

He added after that, "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."

As of now there is no casting information just yet, but as rumors begin to continue and production nears we should have more information shortly.

The December 18, 2015 release date is currently shared with Inferno, Sony's third installment in the Dan Brown Da Vinci Code series starring Tom Hanks. I can only assume they are going to want to shift that date a little bit because that is going to be a Star Wars weekend and you don't want to get run over by the fanboy freight train.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

    That gives them a good bit of extra time but yep............Star Wars or Inferno. Not really a contest there at all.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

    Unless they move Inferno, it will bomb so bad.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Corbin/ Corbin

    Inferno needs to be moved ASAP.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

    Half of the fanboys are already cleaning off their keyboards, the other half are still furious that the May release "tradition" is being broken. December is a tough time to open massively due to Christmas busyness but that's almost always offset by very strong holds across the last two weeks of the month.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TheLastEquivocationofBrist/ TheLastEquivocationofBrist

      Yeah and if this Star Wars is as "good" or "groundbreaking" or "broad and obvious" as Avatar, Disney will hope for a similar worldwide total.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

        If they are they're delusional.

  • robotsrule

    It'll probably do very well there because it won't be competing with other genre films that typically get a Summer release. Star Wars still has its broad appeal but the prequels have tarnished the franchise and diminished interest while excitement about other genre films remains fairly strong. Granted Star Wars would likely destroy any competition it was up against, especially if it can reclaim some of its former glory. But it's definitely better going up against the Oscar dramas of December than another super hero sequels.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/navaneethks/ navaneethks

    Couldn't care less. If Inferno doesn't movie, I'll be watching Inferno over Star Wars that weekend.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Hudsucker/ Hudsucker

    I'm pretty sure this is a wise decision, so it avoids basically all competition from other Summer movies and nothing else will want to even get near it's release date.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

      Yeah all you have to do is look at how wide open May 2015 is (aside from The Avengers) because most were expecting it to end up there so studios just stayed away. The holidays tend to be denser than summer overall but with less big tentpoles (December almost never has more than one). It'll be interesting to see how the month ultimately stacks up, especially with regard to Oscar dramas.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TheLastEquivocationofBrist/ TheLastEquivocationofBrist

    My interest in more Star Wars isn't very high right now, but my interest in more Dan Brown is even lower. You rock, 2015!

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

      I'll echo that and even throw in a ditto.

  • JustinJ

    WARCRAFT is dated for Dec. 18 too! Wonder where it'll move to now... up to August '15? Christmas Day? (no way). OR...all the way to Summer 2016?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JNFilms/ JN Films
  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

    Disney probably isn't in theory being unreasonable in assuming they can get around a Billion in Global Box Office. Not based on the performance of the series in general and taking into account likely 3D and inflation.

    In addition, while it's too far away to be over excited there's still a large enough base for the film (and the Star Wars films usually have always had broad family appeal regardless of their Sci-Fantasy roots) to be able to make the December season work.

    I would doubt Avatar style grosses are likely unless the film really connects globally the way Cameron's film did, but Disney may have reason to believe they can try such a theatrical run.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

      Oh a billion will happen for sure, but unless it's actually good or incredibly unique in some way I have a hard time seeing it come close to The Avengers $1.5 billion. So basically it'll be lucky to make half of what Avatar made.