J.J. Abrams Is Very Happy With New ‘Star Wars’ Release Date

By November 26, 2013
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While plenty of movie fans were thrown for a loop by the news that Star Wars: Episode VII will now open in December of 2015, not sometime that summer as had been first suspected, it certainly sounds like a good idea, traditional release date or not. After all, the J.J. Abrams film has already gone through at least one major script upheaval and there have been no official (human) casting announcements as of yet – why push to release film that’s barely even come together yet, simply to keep with some dearly-held sense of tradition?

Turns out, Abrams feels the same way, too. When speaking with MTV earlier this week, the outlet asked the director about the whys and hows of the release date switcheroo, and he had this to share:

“I will say that it is an infinitely better situation now than when they were saying they wanted it in the summer. Before I even came onto the project, before I was brought on, they were talking about 2015 and they made this announcement very early on. Which I understand, and I understand why they’d want that, but it didn’t necessarily have anything to do with the reality of where anyone was creatively. So I think that it’s a hugely important thing that that comes first, and that a release date is great, but you have to release something great. So to me, the new release date is a huge improvement.”

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Hey, if it means fans will get a better film, we’re all for it.

MTV also asked about bringing back C-3PO as part of a package deal with R2-D2, who has been rumored to return to the series, and Abrams gamely answered, “They have different agents.” Oh, J.J., you little jokester.

Star Wars: Episode VII will open on December 18, 2015.

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