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J.J. Abrams' 'Star Wars 7' may not meet its 2015 release date

Last week the 'Star Wars: Episode 7' hype train gathered steam following the official announcement that 'Star Trek' and 'Super 8' man J.J. Abrams is to direct the first film in the new sequel trilogy for Disney and LucasFilm.

However it isn't all sunshine and roses at the House of Mouse, with reports now suggesting that Abrams is yet to commit to the planned 2015 release date and that the film may be even further away than we thought.

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The report comes from The Hollywood Reporter, which says: "'Episode VII' is set for release in 2015, but sources say Abrams has not committed to that release date, meaning the date could be changed if the development process requires it."

Abrams was a very busy man even before the announcement. He is currently in post-production on 'Star Trek Into Darkness', which is set for release in May, and he has a whole host of producing duties lined up with Paramount.

As recently as last week reports also surfaced that he was planning to make a big screen biopic of shamed cyclist Lance Armstrong.

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'Mission: Impossible 5' and 'Star Trek 3' will also both involve Abrams in some capacity, most likely as a producer but also possibly as director of the third 'Trek' film.

His history as the creator of hit TV series 'Lost' has also made him a busy TV producer, with several pilots in the pipeline for the new US television season this coming autumn.

The Hollywood Reporter's story also revealed that LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy met with Abrams' earlier this month at the offices of his production company Bad Robot, and is said to have won the director over with her pitch for the new series.

'Star Wars 7' will be directed by J.J. Abrams, written by 'Toy Story 3' scribe Michael Arndt and released in... well, you'll have to watch this space.