The folks at iKwiz.com have been busy lately, dropping reports about who the male and female leads of the first stand alone film will be. and they don't appear to be stopping. Today they are reporting that director J.J. Abrams is petitioning Disney to move the release date of Episode VII: The Force Awakens up from it's current December 18th premiere date. iKwiz claims:
"This comes from the mouth of Abrams himself, addressing a group of attendees at a recent Hollywood industry event, the 2015 Visual Effects Society Awards… this is banquet season after-all. Apparently, his desire for secrecy does not apply in this case, as he openly expressed his frustration about the Episode VII leaks. Adamant about the project’s secrecy, Disney is reportedly taking Abrams’ request very seriously and is looking at a possible summer release. This would put Star Wars up against other giant franchise releases, namely Jurassic World and Avengers 2: Age Of Ultron."
This would certainly be an intriguing development if true. Many fans were surprised when it was announced that The Force Awakens would be released in December and not in May, in line with when the previous six films were released. While it's highly unlikely Episode VII will be moving to May of this year(that's three months away), I suppose it's plausible that if production was going smoother and faster than expected, it could be moved up to a late summer release. But at this point it would be a very ambitious and risky move for Disney and Lucasfilm. It's not uncommon for film release dates to be changed, but at this point in the production it's more common for a date to be moved back, not forward. We'll just have to wait and see.
So until further notice, we can still expect to see the seventh installment in the Star Wars saga, The Force Awakens, hit theaters December 18th!
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