Kathleen Kennedy Wants to Delay 'Star Wars' to 2016, But Not Disney
It sounds like the troubled that director J.J. Abrams is having locking down a script for Star Wars: Episode VII might be a little more serious than we thought. We just learned from Lucasfilm that Michael Arndt is no longer writing the anticipated sci-fi saga sequel, and Abrams and The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi writer Lawrence Kasdan were resuming scripting duties. But now a report from THR says that producer and Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy, along with most of the film's creative team, want to push the film to 2016, but Disney CEO Robert Iger is dead set on releasing Episode VII in 2015.
Supposedly, Abrams is more in sync with the 2015 release date, which is good, because Disney will not budge. Why? Well, the trade says, "Iger has crafted a Star Wars game plan that hinges on Episode VII hitting the big screen that summer.” That plan includes "Episodes VII, VIII and IX over a six-year period, with at least two spinoffs." If the film is pushed the 2016, you can expect Disney stock to drop, and that's not what the CEO of a company wants. Plus, a delay of Episode VII would mean a push back of the other films in the works, which include the origin spin-offs we've heard about. An easy solution would be to release a spin-off origin in 2015 instead, but they're probably not far enough along to move quickly. We're hoping this doesn't spell bad news for a troubled production, but we'll find out eventually. Worried?