RUMOR: J.J. Abrams wants ‘Star Wars’ delayed to 2016

Even with this week being relatively quiet as far as the Star Wars Episode VII rumor mill is concerned, Latino-Review have given us one more piece of gossip to mull over this weekend. According to their report, even with the severity of Harrison Ford’s injury, Disney are determined that Episode VII will be released on December 18, 2015, though the film’s director J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy have been pushing for the film to be delayed until May 2016.

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Here are the facts we know so far. Harrison Ford was injured on the set of Episode VII by a hydraulic door, possibly belonging to the Millennium Falcon, and was taken to hospital for treatment. First believed to be an ankle injury, it was later confirmed that Ford had in fact broken his leg and would be out of filming for 8 weeks (2 months). Up until the time of his injury, it was rumored that Ford would have a massive role to play in Episode VII, and with the delays to filming being announced as a result, the size of his role seems to have been confirmed. Though it has been rumored that Oscar Isaac’s role would be expanded to compensate for Ford’s absence (a rumor that has not yet been substantiated nor debunked), the news out of Pinewood thus far is that filming will continue as schedule as the studio cannot afford to shut down production while Ford recovers.

Earlier this week, Jedi News began the rumor mill grinding about a meeting that took place at Pinewood to discuss the possible release date delay for Episode VII, though no details were given and it was stressed that the news was just a rumor. Now, it seems as though that particular rumor, feeding into the one released today by LR, could have some real weight behind it, as Disney CEO Bob Iger seems to have put his foot down with a staunch “no” to keep the original December 2015 date. However, Abrams and Kennedy are clearly unsure if Ford’s recovery time will lead the production to further, more substantial delays, and are fervently putting their word in to push the release back to May 4, 2016.

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Though Abrams and Kennedy’s preferred release date due to Ford’s injury would put Episode VII in line with the traditional releases for Star Wars films, it seems as though Disney have the right idea considering the box office competition the film would face if it was delayed by that big a margin. With Captain America 3 and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice slated for their own May 2016 releases, Star Wars would be in for stiffer competition than the announced 2015 holiday releases, and Disney, as a business, knows this. Disney would also have to rethink their whole distribution plan for 2015 and 2016, making a massive headache for Mr. Iger even bigger than it already is. Star Wars would make more money for Disney coming out during the holiday season, and until it is proven that Ford’s absence will be a major detriment to the original release date, we can expect Star Wars Episode VII to be released on December 18, 2015.

Abrams and Kennedy’s release date battle with Disney is a rumor at this time, and has not yet been confirmed. Stick with us for further updates.

Episode VII also stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong’O, and Gwendoline Christie.

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