Star Wars: Episode VII gets an official release date from Disney.
Disney announced today that the next instalment in the Star Wars series, Star Wars: Episode VII, will be rolling into theatres on December 18, 2015.
This is the first Star Wars movie that will be made by Disney, which bought the franchise by acquiring Lucasfilm last year for $4.05 billion.
Star Wars is one of the world’s most storied franchises, and it only makes sense that a new Star Wars movie is in the works, considering that the Star Trek series has gotten a reboot in recent times. However, it has been indicated that Star Wars: Episode VII will continue the original timeline, and Disney has mentioned that it is looking to make three Star Wars movies, the first being Star Wars: Episode VII, which will be followed by Episode VIII and Episode IX.
While the movies are set to introduce a new generation of heroes, favorites like Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa) and Harrison Ford (Han Solo) could be making a comeback. John Williams will similarly score the latest Star Wars movie, which will surely delight fans.
Disney has also mentioned that the movie will be directed by J.J. Abrams, who has been associated with movies like Star Trek Into Darkness, and acclaimed TV shows like Lost. The story will be written by Lawrence Kasdan and J.J. Abrams, as it has recently come to light that first choice screenwriter Michael Arndt will not be contributing.
It has been mentioned by Disney that a December 18 2015 release date was arrived at after careful deliberation. Head of Disney Bob Iger is said to favor a summer 2015 release, while Kathleen Kennedy, who is now the president of Lucasfilm, wanted the movie to launch in summer 2016. Iger said at the announcement, “This obviously is one of the most important movies we have in the next few years. We’ve chosen a date that will allow the creative team to make a great film.”
Source: Star Wars