J.J. Abrams happy with new release date for Episode VII

J.J. Abrams has been discussing the recent postponement of Star Wars: Episode VII to December 2015, and is evidently pleased that the studio is not rushing him to get something finished by an unrealistic deadline.

“I will say that it is an infinitely better situation now than when they were saying they wanted it in summer,” says Abrams. “Before I even came onto the project they were talking about 2015 and they made this announcement very early on.

“I understand why they would want that, but it didn’t necessarily have anything to do with the reality of where anyone was creatively, so I think it’s a hugely important thing that [ the creative aspect ] come first.”

“A release date’s great, but you have to release something great,” concludes Abrams. “To me, the new release date is a huge improvement.”

Much as we like the traditionalism of a May release date, we can’t really argue with any of that. Star Wars: Episode VII will open in the UK on 18 December 2015.

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