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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Star Wars Episode VII Officially Has a Release Date

By Dave Bouressa

After Lucasfilm and Disney playing tug-of-war with a 2016 vs a 2015 release date for the latest installment in the Star Wars franchise for the past month or so, a release date has officially been announced!

With this coming directly from the website, you can't get more official than that. Check it out below:

With pre-production in full-swing, a confirmed release date of December 18, 2015, has been set for Lucasfilm's highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII.
"We're very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture," said Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios.
Star Wars: Episode VII will be directed by J.J. Abrams (Super 8Mission: Impossible IIIStar Trek) and is being scripted by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost ArkThe Empire Strikes BackReturn of the Jedi). Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, with Tommy Harper (Mission: Impossible - Ghost ProtocolJack RyanStar Trek Into Darkness) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin,War of the Worlds) serving as executive producers. John Williams is returning to score Star Wars: Episode VII.
Shooting is scheduled to begin spring 2014 at Pinewood Studios.

Disney, you evil marketing geniuses. I can practically hear it now:  "Let's take one of the biggest film franchises in the world with possibly the biggest and most profitable toylines in human history and release the most anticipated Star Wars film since 1999 a week before Christmas."

Hope your wallet is ready because it's going to be one hell of a holiday season.

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