When Disney announced that Star Wars: Episode VII is actually happening, the studio mentioned that they were aiming for a 2015 release date. According to producer Kathleen Kennedy, that is not exactly the case, as of now. Here's what she had to say in a recent interview, revealing they are more interested in getting the story right than hitting a release date.
The confirmation of J.J. Abrams took many by surprise, since the filmmaker revealed in November that he was not interested in taking on the franchise. Kathleen Kennedy took the first step in securing the director during a December 19 meeting, where her pitch was simple.
J.J. Abrams was "flipping out" upon learning that Michael Arndt was on board to write the script, and Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, was serving as a consultant.
Kathleen Kennedy also indicated that the filmmaker had "very genuine concerns" about taking on this massive project, because it would likely mean he would spend a lot of time away from his wife and three kids, since it likely will not be shot in Los Angeles.
The producer also discussed what they spoke about at that meeting.
After a day of "furious negotiation," J.J. Abrams signed on to direct Star Wars: Episode VII on Friday, January 25. Here's what the filmmaker had to say about how persuasive Kathleen Kennedy is.
With the script currently being written, it isn't quite clear on when exactly cameras will begin to roll on Star Wars: Episode VII.
Star Wars: Episode VII comes to theaters December 18th, 2015 and stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong'o. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.