The Hollywood Reporter is… well… reporting that things are getting a little hectic behind the scenes with Star Wars Episode VII.
Their source claims that Kathleen Kennedy approached Bob Iger about a 2016 release date for the seventh installment of The Skywalker Saga. Iger was firm that Star Wars Episode VII must release in 2015.
THR describes Abrams as having become “autocratic,” which for our younger readers means he is taking a lot of power for himself. I support the idea that Abrams takes reins of the movie under his control. The production working towards his singular vision is going to make the movie the best movie Abrams can make it. He is the one that is going to get the backlash this movie will have no matter how good it is.
The article also mentions the recent writer switch and makes an interesting note about Micheal Arndt:
For his part, Arndt worked exclusively on Episode VII for most of the past year and already had penned a 40- to 50-page treatment before Lucasfilm was sold to Disney in October 2012. But as one of Hollywood’s highest-paid screenwriters, who can command more than $300,000 a week doing rewrites, the Oscar-winning scribe (Little Miss Sunshine) was ready to move on to other projects.
Another source of THR states that Arndt’s exit was not problematic:
“It’s nothing out of the ordinary,” says the insider. “Almost every big movie changes writers at some point. There’s no drama here.”
I have maintained that there probably is not a juicy story with the Micheal Arndt situation. It kind of always seemed like he was there to get the script up and going. We knew that Kasdan and Kinberg were going to write and consult on all of the new Star Wars movies coming in the near future. That always said to me that the writing on these new pictures was not to be done by one person and never was going to be.
Does this add fuel to the 11-11-15 rumor our buds over at Jedi News keep hearing? It seems likely, doesn’t it? Or is this story simply fueled by the fact it has been one year without any “huge” announcements? That could be the case too.
Either way, as a Star Wars fan, I can just say that I hope it comes in 2015, because I lack patience (and could never be a Jedi). But the responsible part of me says let it cook and let it be as tasty as it can be. We’re all going to go crazy for this movie and if it comes out six months later, it won’t change that. It could change Disney’s quarterly earnings, but it won’t change our participation.
We have six magnificent Star Wars films, I am okay with waiting a little longer for a seventh if need be.
If the story is true and Abrams wants a 2015 release date but Kennedy doesn’t, I think all this really means is this picture just got really expensive.