According to a report in the Hollywood Reporter, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy met with the Disney executives asking them to push the release date of Star Wars VII back to 2016. They said, ‘no.’
Recently, the man hired to write the film; Michael Arndt, left the project, forcing director J.J. Abrams and ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ scripter Lawrence Kasdan to take over the writing duties. This, obviously, has put them behind schedule, meaning they’ll have to skimp on something if they want to make the original release date. Unfortunately, given the choice between making the best movie possible, or maintaining their financial projections for the 2015 fiscal period, Disney chose the latter.
Not all hope is lost, though. Good things have come out of high-pressure situations.