UPDATE: A source inside the studio has told us “There has been no serious discussions about changing Disney’s December 18th release date of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
When there is an event like a new Star Wars film on the horizon, fans want as much information as they can get. And the internet is glad to give it to them. So some folks are going to go looking for the story, and spoilers bring lots of eyeballs to sites that offer even the slightest glimmer of information.
With Star Wars: The Force Awakens still almost 11 months away, it gives the spoilerhounds plenty of time to dig up information about the sequel. Director J. J. Abrams has always done everything he can to keep spoilers from getting out before he wanted them to. (Remember when he built a barricade around his Star Trek set?) Now it’s coming out that he is asking Disney to move the film up to the Summer, so that there is less time for things to leak out.
Star Wars legend Mark Hamill, who is reprising his role as Jedi Luke Skywalker for the film was surprised to the lengths the film makers were going to prevent overzealous press and fans would go to get just the slightest bit of information from the set. While talking to Hero Complex, about his upcoming role in Kingsman: The Secret Service (based on the Mark Millar comic) he discussed having to go to and from his trailer in full robe that hid any detail of his costume or character on a closed set, due to the threat of drones with spy cams “I wish people would just relax. We’re not trying to play games with people. We just want to maximize their experience at the movies where it should be seen and not have it leaked over the Internet. Believe me, it will be here before you know it.”
More recently Abrams spoke at the Visual Effects Society Awards, where he said Star Wars could get it’s release date moved up to the Summer instead of the December 18 date, as spoilers could affect audience anticipation, and Disney is reportedly considering the possibility. In a summer already crowded with big popcorn action and sci-fi movies, would Disney risk putting their newest franchise up against their golden child, Marvel’s Avengers? Or risk it being torn apart by the dinosaurs of Jurassic World?
Only time will tell, but considering how many pieces need to come together to release a film, from what is certain to be a heavy effects schedule, to all the merchandizing and publicity events, know that moving Star Wars would be a very costly proposition, so if Disney is seriously thinking about it, it tells you just how big a deal this is.