It’s official! Star Wars: Episode VII no longer has the May date that we all assumed was going to happen. Instead, it has been moved to December 18, 2015. Everyone kept insisting that the summer date was a sure thing, including myself, but there were some signs pointing to the winter release.
One one hand, I’m excited that the crew has a few extra months. The rumors about Disney holding firm to the 2015 release, even though Lucasfilm expressed desire to extend it to 2016, were floating around these past few days. The December 2015 date seems to be a good compromise between the two entities. Although the weather will be unfavorable for the midnight release queues, it will be a nice holiday present for Star Wars fans everywhere. You’re also away from the hubbub of the summer releases and crowds. As of right now, the only other movies scheduled for December 18, 2015 are WarCraft, based on the Warcraft franchise of video games, novels and other media, and Ron Howard’s Inferno, starring Tom Hanks. Kung Fu Panda 3 is also scheduled to be released in December as well as Alvin and the Chipmunks 4.
On the other hand, Star Wars Celebration Anaheim is still stuck in April and the dates gave fans the impression that the event was strategically placed there for a May movie release. Nevertheless, I’m sure Celebration will focus on certain aspects of the film’s developments as well as shift the focus on Star Wars Rebels, which would theoretically near the end of its first season around that time.
There’s a small countdown now up on The Wookiee Gunner located above the Twitter widget. Currently, there are about 770 days until Friday, December 18, 2015. In other words, that’s a Friday, 2 years, 1 month, and 10 days from today. Did I calculate that? No. I’m terrible at math. The Web did it for me, and I grabbed it to put things into perspective for you all. I also went history searching and found some cool facts from the past that may interest some of you.
- 1642: Abel Tasman becomes first European to land in New Zealand.
- 1777: The United States celebrates its first Thanksgiving, marking the recent victory by the Americans over British General John Burgoyne in the Battle of Saratoga in October.
- 1892: Peter Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Suite” premiered in St. Petersburg, Russia.
- 1888: Robert Moses, the American public servant who supervised the construction of many New York landmarks, including the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Shea Stadium, was born.
- 1958: Project SCORE, the world’s first communications satellite, is launched.
- 1999: NASA launches into orbit the Terra platform carrying five Earth Observation instruments, including ASTER, CERES, MISR, MODIS and MOPITT.
- 2015: The release of Star Wars: Episode VII (which is a pretty awesome event to add to the list).
Click here for more on December 18′s history. Stay tuned for more sequel trilogy developments.
Discussion question: Will you be seeing the midnight release or catching a show during the weekend?