This weekend, Disney and Lucasfilm confirmed that J.J. Abrams will direct and produce "Star Wars: Episode VII" after all; however, neither the studio nor the director have confirmed the film's proposed 2015 release date.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Abrams is hesitant about committing to the date and that it "could be changed if the development process requires it." The report cites Abrams already busy schedule, which includes his commitments to produce the next installments for "Star Trek" and "Mission: Impossible," as a reason for Episode VII's possible delay.
As Indiewire points out, this wouldn't be the first time Abrams has expressed his desire to take his time. Paramount originally envisioned a 2012 release date for his eventual "Trek" sequel, but Abrams refused to rush the film, and it will instead bow later this year on May 17th.
While Disney immediately penciled in a 2015 release date when it announced production on Episode VII, it wouldn't be the worst idea to move the film back a year. After all, the 2015 slate is not only crowded in general but for Disney in particular, as the studio has already reserved slots for "The Avengers 2" and "Pirates of the Caribbean 5" in May and July, respectively.
It's hard to see where Episode VII would find a place in such a crowd unless Disney wants to effectively compete with itself all summer. The studio could release the film during the holiday season, but doing so would break tradition since each "Star Wars" film has been released in late-May.
Though it might be a little too early to officially consider the film "delayed," it not only seems likely but also downright logical for Disney to give Abrams all the time he needs. After all, he's working on a film that's quite possibly the most anticipated of all time, so it's not like audiences are going anywhere.