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J.J. Abrams relieved at new Star Wars VII release date

Star Wars director prefers to have more time

It looks as though the pressure is off for J.J. Abrams as he reveals his relief at the new 'Star Wars VII' release date. But does it really give him that much more time?

After 'Star Wars: Episode VII' was pushed back until December 2015, there were many fans who felt disappointed at the decision. After all, it means waiting even longer for the next new 'Star Wars' movie. But it seems J.J. Abrams prefers the new release date… and it looks as though he's relieved to have a bit more time to work on the galaxy far, far away.

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In an interview with MTV, J.J. Abrams revealed that he's much more 'in-sync' with the new, later release date than we first thought. And there's a very good reason for that…

"I will say that it is an infinitely better situation now than when they were saying that they wanted it in the summer [of 2015]," he said. "Before I even came onto the project, they were talking about 2015, and they made this announcement very early on, which I understand. I understand why they'd want that, but it didn't necessarily have anything to do with the reality of where anything was creatively."

Obviously, it sounds as though the proposed 2015 release date (for summer of that year) was an executive decision… and as Abrams explains, things simply had to change once the reality of production eventually began to kick in.

I mean, this is 'Star Wars'. They're bound to want to take their time and get it right. And it looks as though Abrams is going about it the right way - placing far more importance on the quality of the movie over meeting unrealistic deadlines.

"I think that it's a hugely important thing that [the creative process] come first," he explained. "A release date is great, but you have to release something great. To me, the new release date is a huge improvement."

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I have to admit, I agree entirely. I'd much rather see an amazing 'Star Wars' movie in three years' time than a rubbish 'Star Wars' movie just around the corner. And I get the feeling I'm not alone. But is an extra six months really all the time Abrams needs? I certainly hope so.

Thankfully, it's not all doom and gloom and it seems Abrams is as excited to see R2-D2 as the rest of us. "How do you do 'Star Wars' without R2-D2?" he said. But when it comes to C-3PO it might not be a done deal. "You know, they have different agents," he joked. But I'd say the odds of Threepio returning are significantly higher than 3720 to 1.

What do you think of the new release date? Does J.J. Abrams have enough time to make a great 'Star Wars' movie? Let us know what you think in the comments below…

Ryan Leston is a sci-fi geek from Cardiff who loves all things Star Wars. His favourite Star Wars film is The Empire Strikes Back and he still wants to be Han Solo when he grows up. Follow Ryan Leston on Twitter or Facebook.

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