Disney’s problems with the Star Wars VII release date has been the subject of rumors and speculations these past few weeks, notably the conflict between what execs and shareholders want and what the creative team feels they need in order to create the best possible version of the movie. The recent postponement of the release date to December 2015 seems to point towards the powers that be seeing creative’s side. In director J.J. Abrams’ case, the postponement is a positive development as it means he’s not going to be rushed just to meet an unrealistic deadline.
“I will say that it is an infinitely better situation now than when they were saying they wanted it in summer,” says Abrams. “Before I even came onto the project they were talking about 2015 and they made this announcement very early on.
“I understand why they would want that, but it didn’t necessarily have anything to do with the reality of where anyone was creatively, so I think it’s a hugely important thing that [the creative aspect] come first.”
“A release date’s great, but you have to release something great,” concludes Abrams. “To me, the new release date is a huge improvement.”