STAR WARS EPISODE VII Team Wants Release Date Pushed
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Uh ohh….Star Wars drama heats up as Disney tries to hold on tight to that 2015 release date. We recently told you that Episode VII screenwriter Michael Arndt left the Star Wars project, and that director JJ Abrams and Empire Strikes Back co-writer Lawrence Kasden were going to be picking up the slack to finish the screenplay. But it looks like this move may hold things up for the project because the Hollywood Reporter is saying that the creative team is scrambling to finish it by 2015. According to some sources close to the project, Kathleen Kennedy has approached Disney asking them to push the release date to 2016, but apparently Disney’s CEO is not having it, and is firm on Episode VII hitting theaters in 2015 as planned. Iger’s inability to budge probably has to do with the fact that Disney already has plans to release Episodes VII, VIII and IV based on a very specific timeline over the next six years, as well as a couple of spin-off movies. And if Episode VII film gets pushed it will likely significantly affect the release dates for the rest of the movies. So we can understand his reasoning, but it seems like this lack of flexibility by Disney could make things harder for JJ Abrams and the rest of the crew. Before Arndt left, he crafted a good head start for VII, and wrote a 40 to 50 page treatment for the script, but apparently the script isn’t anywhere close to being complete. Despite Kathleen Kennedys request for an extension, Abrams seems to be hopeful that he can make the 2015 deadline, but we feel confident that it will make things a lot more challenging. But what do you think? Does this shift in the creative team worry you at all? And do you think the added pressure on JJ Abrams will affect the movie? Let us know what you’re thinking, and head on over to our Facebook and Twitter page as well and connect with us over there. From our Haunted Headquarters, in Hollywood. Im Erin White! Happy Halloween y’all!!

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