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Disney Needs to Make This "Star Wars" Rumor a Reality

Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS  ) should give into the rumor mill and release Star Wars: Episode VII on Dec. 15, 2015, Fool contributor Tim Beyers says in the following video.

According to Badass Digest, which cited multiple sources in its story, Disney wants the extra time to make the next Star Wars film. Director J.J. Abrams probably wouldn't mind having a few extra months, even if May 4 -- known each year as "Star Wars Day" -- seems to be the most logical choice.

Trouble with that date is Marvel releases The Avengers: Age of Ultron, the sequel to last summer's $1.5 billion blockbuster, on May 1, 2015. Subsequent months aren't any easier. June brings Terminator 5, while July plays host to a sequel to the cultish 1996 hit Independence Day. Time Warner (NYSE: TWX  ) also has a Batman/Superman team-up planned.

November's schedule includes yet another Marvel film, Ant Man, while Lions Gate (NYSE: LGF  ) closes out The Hunger Games trilogy on Nov. 20, 2015. December is just about Disney's only choice, Tim says.

And it's not necessarily a bad choice. Avatar made its way to theaters in December 2009 and went on to draw the biggest box-office gate of all time. With a winter release, Star Wars: Episode VII has a chance to do nearly as well, Tim says.

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  • Report this Comment On August 25, 2013, at 8:50 PM, morpheus4212 wrote:

    There's one big reason releasing this moving on 12/15 is likely not something Disney will do - money. Movies that release in late December don't sell as many toys as movies that release in May. Why? Because Christmas orders are done by then. I'm not talking about people shopping, I'm talking about orders placed by retailers to manufacturers. If the toys are out for a May movie, they'll sell in May, have a shelf life of about a month or two and then rebound in November and December.

    While we tend to think about movies as a self-sustaining industry, they aren't. They are helped tremendously by consumer products. And, if you're Disney, would you risk having one of the biggest possible consumer product moneymakers by delaying the movie release until it's too late to order?

    For a December 15 release, the earliest they'll get the toys on the shelves is the first week of November. That'll get a nice bump from collectors, but not enough for the year.

  • Report this Comment On August 25, 2013, at 9:26 PM, ace1g wrote:

    I am surprised the Motley's fool rumor to reality wasn't to replace the millenium falcon into a Telsa S.

  • Report this Comment On August 26, 2013, at 7:52 AM, tgibfo wrote:

    Moving a new STAR WARS movie out of the Summer because there are other big movies opening is a pretty weak and poorly thought-out plan. As much hype as AVENGERS, TERMINATOR, etc. may have, there is not a single cinematic brand name in the world that could ever compete with STAR WARS. If it came out on the same DAY as AVENGERS 2, it would still break box office records. And STAR WARS movies are Summer movies - unless something goes very wrong with production, scaling back the release date is a big mistake.

  • Report this Comment On August 26, 2013, at 9:46 AM, berkeleyhills wrote:

    Might be better to step back and look at the long term picture. SW7 will be a juggernaut sweeping all before it. But when the first film in this uber franchise is released is as much about establishing that unique wave of giddiness and anticipation that few movies have achieved as having a big opening week. (I can only think of two films; Batman in 1989 and Jurassic Park in 1993 that enjoyed that joyous participatory audience energy. SW1 had more of a "there back" feeling and Independence Day missed the mark by not being a very good film.) How to achieve that initial connection with what is, for all intents and purposes, a new audience, and pave the way for the following films, is the question. It will be fun to see how this is achieved. For me...pull out all the stops for a summer release.

  • Report this Comment On September 15, 2013, at 1:57 AM, esxokm wrote:


    Holding Disney shares at this point is definitely good advice. I'd also like to know if you think buying LEAPs is something one should look into.

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