Episode VII creative team had asked for delay until 2016

Disney adamant the film will arrive in 2015

Ever since Disney snapped up the rights to the Star Warsfranchise, Episode VII has been trumpeted as the studio’s marquee release in May 2015.

However, with a 2014 start date fast approaching, progress on the project still appears slow, with the script yet to be completed and no major casting having been announced.

Indeed, THR is reporting that producer Kathleen Kennedy (along with the rest of the creative team) had asked Disney execs to push Episode VII back to 2016 to ensure Lucasfilm can deliver the best film possible.

However, Disney CEO Bob Iger is said to be adamant that the film will arrive in 2015, as planned, likely as a result of shareholder pressure to see profits delivered when promised.

The report goes on to claim that Abrams is more on Iger's page than Kennedy is, but the idea of a race against the clock doesn't sound overly promising for the film's chances of living up to expectations.

Just in case the revival of one of the biggest movie franchises of all time wasn’t high-stakes enough, it seems that Disney is piling the pressure on even more. Over to you, J.J….

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    • Ali1748

      Nov 1st 2013, 12:17

      That's not a good sign. Why not push back till Xmas 2015? Star Wars will gross crazy box office regardless of the month.

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    • chibik

      Nov 1st 2013, 16:00

      Project stakeholder management! The 10th knowledge area according to PMBOK (5th ed).

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    • marvelboy

      Nov 1st 2013, 16:31

      Disney stop been greedy it's not like you haven't already got a huge blockbuster planned for 2015 Hello you have Avengers Age of Ultron and Ant-man to keep you happy, push this to 2016 you'll get money regardless and more likely to get more money Easter as that's the first big movie slot so think about the wider picker

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