With the announcement that Michael Arndt exits Episode 7, many people begun to wonder if a 2015 release date is still possible. Well according to the latest report Kathleen Kennedy wants the movie to be delayed until 2016 while Disney CEO Robert Iger is on the opposite opinion...
According to a source close to the project:
Kathleen Kennedy and most of the film's creative team have asked Disney to push the release to 2016, but studio CEO Robert Iger is adamant that Episode VII won't budge. That has created enormous pressure on all involved, with director J.J. Abrams stepping in to take over scripting duties with Lawrence Kasdan, who co-wrote 1980's Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, considered the best film in the series.
For his part, Arndt worked exclusively on Episode VII for most of the past year and already had penned a 40- to 50-page treatment before Lucasfilm was sold to Disney in October 2012.
Some sources say Abrams has become autocratic in recent months, wresting some casting control from Kennedy. But others disputed that notion, saying Abrams and Kennedy both have been involved in casting sessions. Unlike Kennedy, Abrams is said to be more in sync with Iger's desire to meet the 2015 release target -- which allows zero margin for error -- at all costs.
Still, another project insider dismisses talk of problems and what the writer shuffle means for what is perhaps Hollywood's most valued franchise. "It's nothing out of the ordinary," says the insider. "Almost every big movie changes writers at some point. There's no drama here."
It was also mentioned that Iger has a plan of releasing Episode 7 in summer 2015. As we mentioned before this is probably the earliest possible release date after the change of writers. For now August 2015 looks perfect for a release date. Actually it looks like other studios are really avoiding this month. No big movies are scheduled for that otherwise blockbuster heavy month. Maybe the studios know something we don't...