Disney has finally set the official release date for the highly anticipated release in the next chapter of the Star Wars saga, but is the date their setting a good move or bad move on Disney’s part.
December 18, 2015 will be the date all of us Star Wars geeks, I mean enthusiast will need to circle on our calendars. After recent speculation of will they or won’t they release Episode VII in May or December has finally come to a conclusion.
When released it will become the first Star Wars movie not to open in the month of May, but that might not be a bad thing. If you look at all the movies that are currently scheduled to be released during what most people would consider the “summer movie” season, a December date might actually be a smart move.
Starting in May you have another highly anticipated Disney movie with “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and I seriously doubt Disney wants either movie to take away from the other.
In June you have Jurassic World, Assassin’s Creed, Inside Out and Ted 2. In July: Terminator 5, Independence Day 2, Minions, Batman & Superman, Ant-Man. August: The Smurfs 3. November: James Bond 24, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2
As it sits right now the 2015 movie season has the potential to be a huge blockbuster year for Hollywood, but on the realistic side I seriously doubt all of the movies listed above will do as expected. With as many movies currently scheduled I wouldn’t be surprised if there wasn’t a few that disappointed.
As much as I may consider my self a Star Wars enthusiast I’m not bothered by the December release. I would rather settle for a high quality “Empire Strikes Back” movie in December then settle for a “Episode I” quality release in May.
Shooting is scheduled to begin spring 2014 at Pinewood Studios.