Though the film should be coming into shape shortly, Star Wars: Episode 7 has been the subject of a lot of rumors, but very few official announcements. The thought was that it would come out mid-May — as all other Star Wars movies have — and would battle against a crazy amount of competition (like The Avengers: Age of Ultron). But it may duck out of summer as the latest rumor is that it will hit theaters in December.
Specifically December 15, according to Badass Digest. This makes sense because it sounds like they haven’t finished tinkering with the script and the film (which should be effects heavy) is going to require a lot of post-production work. If true, surely the people at ILM are breathing a sigh of relief. The move could show this is a new take on the material, and the winter season has proved to be just as viable as the summer months (the Lord of the Rings films, Avatar, etc.).
That said, Star Wars is also the ultimate summer movie series, while many of the films that have succeeded in winter have been a little emotionally heavier than the standard popcorn fare. It seems unlikely that J.J. Abrams was hired to make it darker, but we shall see.
The bigger problem here seems to be that studios like calling their release dates so far in advance of having actual material. Though Star Wars never said they were coming out in May, we’ve seen films like Jurassic Park 4 get an announced release date and then have to move because the film wasn’t ready. There’s a lot of carts now firmly in front of their horses, especially with so many sequels dated years before they’re even made. That said, Star Wars Episode 7 could come out in September or January and still make a billion dollars worldwide, so whenever it does come out, it’s going to be a monster.
Are you stoked or bummed that Star Wars might hit theaters in December?