Disney president Alan Horn basically confirmed a 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII at D23 last weekend. However, there is still no official, confirmed date. Many speculated, including myself, that the release of Episode VII will be anywhere from May to September 2015. However, new rumors are suggesting that Disney is aiming for a December 2015 release. That would put Episode VII far away from the summer blockbuster season.
Now, seeing that we don't even have a start date for production yet it is entirely possible that Episode VII might not make 2015 at all but giving themselves until December might be the best way to guarantee the deadline. Even if they are pushing it. If December does become the official date it will seriously be breaking from tradition as all six previous Star Wars films have been released in May.
It also would put it in competition with, or very close to:
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
Kung Fu Panda 3
Movies set for 2015 that still are without official release dates include:
Jurassic Park 4
Batman vs. Superman
Snow White and the Huntsman 2
Ratchet & Clank
Mission Impossible 5
Pitch Perfect 2
Now with that said, if they set a December 2015 release date it is very possible that it could face another major release like Avatar 2 or Jurassic Park 4. If I recall correctly Avatar came out in December of 2009. I highly doubt Batman vs. Superman would be released after summer so I don't think that's possible and I don't think Star Wars would lose to or have decent competition with a movie like Snow White or Pitch Perfect.
This is yet another thing we will just have to wait and see what happens.
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