Could J. J. Abrams' addition to the franchise be set to break with one of the greatest Star Wars traditions?
Every one of George Lucas' six live-action Star Wars films, from A New Hope in 1977 to Revenge of the Sith in 2005, was released in May, which also happens to be the month of Lucas' birth. By the time the final film was released, the month of May and Star Wars had become inextricably linked in the minds of fans. If you were going to wait in line for tickets and hit an opening-day showing of Star Wars, you were going to do it in May. But just as Star Wars Episode VII will break new ground as the first Star Wars film released by Walt Disney Pictures, it might also break new ground as the first to open in a different month of the year.
We've heard all along to expect a 2015 release date for Episode VII, and many fans have naturally assumed that Disney would shoot for May, in keeping with Lucas' tradition. According to Badass Digest's Devin Faraci, though, "multiple sources" say the studio is now eyeing a mid-December 2015 release for the flick, breaking the tradition Lucas kept alive for the entire 28-year period in which he was making Star Wars films.
So why the change? Well, the 2015 summer movie season already includes confirmed release dates for Avengers: Age of Ultron, Assassin's Creed, the new Terminator flick, the long-awaited sequel to Independence Day and Pirates of the Carribean 5, not to mention the probable release of Zack Snyder's Superman/Batman flick and a host of other big projects. Disney might be hoping to overcome the competition by simply avoiding it altogether and placing Star Wars in the somewhat less crowded holiday movie season. There's also the issue of simply giving Abrams more time to get the film made, something people have been wondering about since he got the job. We've heard reports that the film will begin shooting early next year, as well as reports that it'll be moved up to late this year, but either way a movie this size will take a while to complete, so perhaps Disney just wanted to buy as much time as possible while still keeping that 2015 release date promise.
What do you think? Is breaking with tradition and shifting Star Wars to December the right move here?
(Via Badass Digest)