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More Trouble For Star Wars Episode VII? Release Date Delay Requested & Denied

Posted By: Matt McGloin
Thu, 10/31/2013 - 13:05


Recently it became known that J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan took over writing duties on Star Wars: Episode VII from Michael Arndt.

Now word hits that Kathleen Kennedy, president of LucasFilm, asked Disney for a delay in the release for the new Star Wars to 2016, with reportedly CEO Bob Iger giving it the big thumbs down.

The news comes from The Hollywood Reporter where it's stated the script for Star Wars: Episode VII is nowhere near being ready. There is also some potential issues over casting with it said Abrams is doing all the casting while another says Kennedy is still involved.

The report goes to to say that Kathleen Kennedy and most of the film's creative team have asked Disney for the delayed 2016 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, but Bob Iger denied the request as he is adamant about the 2015 release as it sets up things to come with Episodes VIII and IX, as well as the spinoff movies.

Regarding the departure of Michael Arndt, it's said he already completed a 40-50 page film treatment prior to Disney purchasing LucasFilm and has been working on Star Wars: Episode VII for almost a year. The report goes on to state that Arndt commands a whopping $300,000 per week for rewrites, and while it's not specifically stated cost is a factor, it is insinuated as a reason for letting him go. The reason the report states for Arndt's departure is that the writer is ready to move on to other projects. It's further stated that a source said it's not unheard of to get a new writer on a big movie. 

The news comes at an interesting time as many fans have been expecting announcements about the new Star Wars at recent conventions - and yesterday marked the one year anniversary of Disney aquring Lucasfilm - but nothing has come as of yet.

The report also states that the 2015 release also leaves no room for error, and that they must "get it right" the first time.

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