Lego Star Wars, photos by Vesa Lehtimäki

Via Entertainment Weekly, George Lucas has confirmed that Star Wars: Episode VII will be released to theatres on December 18th, 2015. EW reports:

Lucasfilm has announced the new date for the debut of the next Star Wars trilogy, and despite some script rewriting that is currently underway, the movie will not be pushed to later in 2016.

Fans can expect to revisit the galaxy far, far away on Dec. 18, 2015.

Also interesting to note is the recent change in the primary writers for the scrip. Replacing Michael Arndt, best known for his work on Little Miss Sunshine (which is a hilarious thought, given the quirky nature and humour of that film) are J.J. Abrams, director of the film, and Lawrence Kasdan, co-writer of The Empire Strikes Back (the best of the trilogy), Return of the Jedi and Raiders of the Lost Ark—that’s certainly a resume that Star Wars fans can be excited about. Entertainment Weekly says that this, “development [is] clearly not an ideal one, and it triggered questions about whether the story would be ready in time.” This 2015 release date ensures that the production will be given the necessary time it needs to be polished to the high level (*cough cough*) that Star Wars fans expect (though, perhaps, are not always used to receiving).

Pre-production for the film is already underway, with shooting scheduled to being in Spring 2014.

So, how many days to go? *Counts his fingers until he runs out.*

  • S.C. Barrus November 14, 2013 at 8:45 am

    I also read about the negotiations Harrison Ford is having with the studio about appearing in the film. It sounds like his appearance is contingent on both in continued appearance in all the films in the new trilogy as well as the studios commitment to another Indiana Jones movie.

    News about the new screenwriter is great though. But anything is better than having Lucas write, his romance scenes are hilariously bad. Luckily there are fan edits out their that were able to salvage the latest Star Wars trilogy even if the film makers themselves couldn’t. Let’s hope that’s not necessary with the new batch of films.

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