The Force will be strong in 2015 after all. Disney officially tapped Dec. 18, 2015, as the release date for “Star Wars: Episode VII” — leaving fans of the most popular sci-fi franchise just over two years to clear their calendars. The announcement keeps the studio’s goal of launching a new installment in the “Star Wars” franchise in 2015, while still allowing director J.J. Abrams time to overcome script delays that led to the ouster of original screenwriter Michael Arndt. “We’re very excited to share the official 2015 release date for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII,’ where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture,” said Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios. Abrams and original “Empire Strikes Back” writer Lawrence Kasdan have taken over script duties in an effort to meet the deadline. When interviewed by the Daily News \in April, back when the veteran scribe was just a consultant on the film, Abrams gushed, “I can’t believe I get to work with Larry Kasdan now [as a kid who grew up in love with the ‘Star Wars’ franchise.]” Honoring the… Read full this story
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