For what seems like eons now, we've known that ' Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens would be released in 2015. It was speculated that the new franchise entry would be released in the summer months, May in fact, and why not? Seems like a perfect slot for a blockbuster of this magnitude. Plus, you know, these films do have a history with the month of May.
Not so fast, nerf herders. According to StarWars.com, Episode VII's official release date is December 18th, 2015, with production set to begin in London in the Spring. The move is designed to apparently both take advantage of the holiday film season, and also give all involved as much time as possible to deliver a quality product, or so says Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn.
Baffling. This will make Episode VII the first Star Wars film NOT to be released in May. I'm wondering if the thought process here is that 's Hobbit trilogy will have wrapped the December before and therefore audiences will be primed to begin a new franchise? Near as I can figure. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate giving the filmmakers more time to ensure quality, it still just strikes me as odd.
What do you guys think?