So a lot of drama has been running around the Episode VII project with Michael Arndt leaving the project. Many delays have been made in the project and one of the rumors is that Episode VII is going to be setback til December 2015, which from the Disney plans we covered, the movie is due for release is Summer 2015. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Kathleen Kennedy wanted to push the Episode VII til 2016 but Disney CEO is still pushing for the 2015 release.
According to those close to the project, producer Kathleen Kennedy and most of the film’s creative team have asked Disney to push the release to 2016, but studio CEO Robert Iger is adamant that Episode VII — perhaps the franchise’s most anticipated installment since 1999’s The Phantom Menace — not budge. That has created enormous pressure on all involved, with director J.J. Abrams stepping in to take over scripting duties with Lawrence Kasdan, who co-wrote 1980’s Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, considered the best film in the series.
The studio is expected to roll out Episodes VII, VIII and IX over a six-year period, with at least two spinoffs — penned by a team including Kasdan and Simon Kinberg — interspersed between.
So one of the biggest concerns that fans have had about this schedule is, are they rushing the sequels? And if it is rushing, will that affect the quality of the films? My hopes are that Disney knows what they are doing and won’t make the same mistakes with the prequels. The films and the time frame is putting a lot of pressure on Abrams and Kennedy to produce something amazing but with Abrams.
Also interesting note is that both Kathleen Kennedy and Abrams have been involved with the casting process although nothing has been revealed about who. Keep checking back as we get more updates!
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