This week, a rumor popped up claiming that because JJ Abrams is such a bad director he won’t be able to make a May release date if he starts filming Episode VII early next year. This rumor doesn’t make sense as he made the exact same schedule with his last movie, and the Disney/Lucasfilm machine is already moving on Star Wars with them moving into Pinewood Studios’ new “Star Wars” soundstage that was built for Disney. Despite Variety debunking this rumor, the mainstream (non-geek) media is running with it as if it’s fact. Here is more evidence why it’s bullshit…
Lets look at the currently announced film release dates for May 2015 and December 2015.
May 1st: The Avengers: Age of Ultron (Disney)
May 29th: Monster Trucks (Paramount Animation)
December 11th: Alvin and the Chipmunks 4 (Fox)
December 18th: Inferno (Sony)
December 23rd: Kung Fu Panda 3 (Dreamworks Animation)
For those wondering, “Inferno” is the third movie in the Dan Brown conspiracy series by Ron Howard and Tom Hanks. It’ll be pretty big, which is why they’re releasing it during the Christmas season. December is full of movies that will be competition to Star Wars, while May is wide open. Studios are avoiding scheduling any big movie after Avengers 2 because they don’t want to go up against Star Wars.