(You knew this was coming...)
Henceforth, let 2015 simply be known as The Year of Disney (if it wasn't already).
373 days since last year's blockbuster announcement that Disney would move forward on a new Star Wars movie as part of their $4 billion acquisition of Lucasfilm, we now know *when* the world will see it: Friday, December 18, 2015.
The writing was pretty much on the wall when Disney CEO Bob Iger reaffirmed the film wouldn't be pushed to 2016, despite Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy's request to do so in the wake of Abrams and The Empire Strikes Back scribe Lawrence Kasdan taking over writing duties from Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3,Little Miss Sunshine). We knew then that any chance of a Summer 2015 opening was officially gone.
When looking at how crowded that year is, and considering the potential of a holiday season run, that's a good thing.
Episode VII will mark the first movie in the franchise to open in a month other than May. It does, however, hold up the series' tradition of opening one week before a major holiday. Whereas George Lucas debuted his six films prior to Memorial Day, the next era of Star Wars has staked its claim for the highly lucrative Christmas moviegoing season.
While fan debate can now shift focus to casting rumors before filming begins in early 2014, what can we start expecting in terms of Episode VII's box office potential?
Full story: http://www.boxoffice...ecember-18-2015
Edited by ShawnMR, 07 November 2013 - 03:13 PM.