Lots of rumors are flying from multiple sources who are hearing from multiple sources that Star Wars Episode VII will hit in December of 2015. That said, why do a Star Wars Celebration for Star Wars Episode VII, in April, when the film is still eight months away? That is pretty much too early to tell us very much other than a title. So unless they plan on changing Star Wars Celebration, I’m kind of surprised by this news. This would make it the worst movie year Star Wars Celebration because everything would still be locked down. It is worth remembering that this rumor stems from the people that ran the J.J. Abrams quit story that was entirely fake.
When the Harry Potter movies were released in December, they dominated the month’s movie landscape. So I can see how that would be a really strong season to own. It would also make a lot of sense as tons of new merchandise would hit from the Star Wars line during the Christmas season. That would be no joke, in terms of dollars and cents. That said, it would also probably hurt them in other ways. 40 year old collectors that have to buy gifts for their family would not easily drop an ungodly amount of money on themselves and I’m not sure the gits they would receive would make up for it.
Drew McWeeny says December 23rd, but Devin (who hates Star Wars but is apparently more than happy to get hits from it) guesses December 15th. Take it for what you will. I think there’s a lot going for this story and a lot of confirmed stuff like Star Wars Celebration going against it.
Multiple sources have told me that right now Disney and Lucasfilm have December circled on their calendars, with a mid-month release – the 15th – being most likely. That would take Star Wars out of the crowded summer and, more importantly, give JJ Abrams and company a couple more months to work on a movie that’s already running a tighter schedule than most of the other Star Wars films.
Drew McWeeny hears that:
If Christmas 2015 (I specifically heard December 23 from one person, a date which falls on a Wednesday in 2015) is indeed the target release date, it gets the film away from Disney’s other biggest film that year.
I wouldn’t bet money on this one, it just doesn’t seem likely to me. I suppose we will see.