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Rumor: J.J. Abrams & Kathleen Kennedy Still Want May 2016 Release Date For 'Star Wars: Episode 7'

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist June 27, 2014 at 1:24PM

This is probably not the kind of buzz Disney wants about eighteen months out from the still scheduled December 18, 2015 release date for "Star Wars: Episode 7." With Harrison Ford's recent injury prompting speculation that production might be delayed to the point where the movie will have to be pushed and others saying that Oscar Isaac's role is being expanded to make up for the loss of Ford, Disney has had to deny both counts. And now comes another rumor suggesting some behind-the-scenes friction.
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J.J. Abrams,  'Star Wars'

This is probably not the kind of buzz Disney wants about eighteen months out from the still scheduled December 18, 2015 release date for "Star Wars: Episode 7." With Harrison Ford's recent injury prompting speculation that production might be delayed to the point where the movie will have to be pushed and others saying that Oscar Isaac's role is being expanded to make up for the loss of Ford, Disney has had to deny both counts. And now comes another rumor suggesting some behind-the-scenes friction.

Latino Review is reporting (rather longwindedly) that producer Kathleen Kennedy and director J.J. Abrams are looking for a May 4, 2016 release date, but Disney honcho Bog Iger is still saying no. As you might recall, it was last fall when reports first surfaced that Kennedy and Abrams requested the longstanding traditional May release and were denied then, but we can only imagine that an injury to one of the major stars of the movie is putting more pressure on the director. The site also posits that the hire of Rian Johnson for "Star Wars: Episode VIII" is some kind of proof that Abrams is in the dog house at Disney, which makes no sense to me. It would seem that the mouse house wants to change up filmmakers for each installment, rather than commit to one person as the guiding light.

Meanwhile, AICN and BadAssDigest have a couple of rumors about the plot, which will apparently find Han Solo leading a bunch of youngsters through the galaxy to find Luke Skywalker. And if that's the case, then yes, Ford's injury is a problem, but like we said, not one that's impossible to overcome. Rearrange shooting schedules, use stunt doubles... there are all kinds of options. We do understand why Abrams would want as much time as possible to make his installment as perfect as he can, but from a business point of view, Disney really needs to commit to that release date (think of all the Christmas-related stuff that will be tied into this alone).

Thoughts? Should Disney be more flexible? Can "Star Wars: Episode 7" survive these bumps in the road? Let us know below.

This article is related to: Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens, J. J. Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy


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