Thursday, November 7, 2013

"Star Wars: Episode VII" to hit theaters December 18, 2015, Brad Bird's "Tomorrowland" pushed back to May 22, 2015

The news that we have all been waiting for was announced today by Disney. There have been tireless months, dates, and hours since Disney announced that Star Wars: Episode VII would hit theaters in 2015. All that time, we've been waiting to hear the exact date on which Episode VII would be released.

If you read this, you might get a hint of sarcasm. And that's because I am being sarcastic. While I am very intrigued about Star Wars: Episode VII, I just have not been as interested about every detail on this movie as some fans have. So the big hoopla that was raised this afternoon after Disney announced that Star Wars: Episode VII would hit theaters on December 18, 2015 was expected, but didn't quite interest or excite me in the same way that other news has. However, let's talk about this movie for a minute. Last week, it was revealed that JJ Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan had taken over screenwriting duties from Michael Arndt. Also, there was a rumor that Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy, Abrams, and Kasdan had approached Robert Iger, who is the CEO of Disney. They told him that they weren't sure if Episode VII would be ready for 2015, and asked for the film to be released in 2016. Iger denied the request.

While I believe that is a mistake by Iger, who's track record is practically infallible, I think that the December release is plausible for Abrams and his team to reach. If the film's script gets fixed, and if they get the production going in time, there's no reason that this movie won't get released by December. I just wish that these guys would just start announcing some of the cast already. It's getting tedious listening to every casting rumor. Now the interesting thing is what happens to Ron Howard's Inferno and Duncan Jones' Warcraft. Both films are currently scheduled for December 18, 2015 as well as Episode VII. I project that both will move, and if anything, Warcraft will hang around early December. Inferno could move to either 2016 or earlier in 2015. All I know is that with Bond 24, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 2, Ben Affleck's Live by Night AND Episode VII, Fall 2015 is going to be awesome.


Also announced today by Disney was a new release date for Brad Bird's Tomorrowland. The film, which was co-written by Damon Lindelof and EW staff writer Jeff Jensen, is shrouded in secrecy and has something to do with a secret box in the Disney vault. It stars George Clooney, Hugh Laurie and Judy Greer. I'm extremely excited for this film because of the high concept, Disney-related idea and because of Brad Bird's last film, Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol. The film was originally scheduled for December 12, 2014, but now will hit theaters on May 22, 2015. It has little competition beyond the fourth weekend of The Avengers: Age of Ultron, so it should be a solid hit. Anyways, let's hope that both Tomorrowland and Star Wars: Episode VII will be great films.


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