The production of the next Star Wars movie is a subject of debate between director J.J. Abrams and Disney CEO Bob Iger. Ever since Harrison Ford suffered his leg injury, there have been reports that Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy are lobbying to push the release date of Episode VII to May 2016, giving Ford the time he needs to recuperate and get the show back on track. Instead, Disney wants the show to go on and keep its December 2015 release date. The reason the studio wants this film to go ahead as planned? Business.
“When Bob Iger announced that Disney had purchased Lucasfilm for a very hefty sum and would be moving forward with a new series of Star Wars films, he promised shareholders a Star Wars movie in 2015. Disney is, first and foremost, a business, and they are counting on an enormous amount of profits from Star Wars merchandise due on shelves for the 2015 holiday season.”
Disney has a lot invested in this juncture and they want to see this through on their terms. Though this is a rumor, there seems to be a great disturbance in the Force.