(CBS SF/AP) – For the first time in the franchise’s history, a “Star Wars” film won’t be released in the summer.READ MORE: San Francisco Safeway Adds Barriers To Deter Rampant Shoplifting
Walt Disney Studios announced Thursday that “Star Wars: Episode VII” will open in theaters on Dec. 18, 2015. The original 1977 film helped set the precedent of the summer blockbuster. But this latest installation in George Lucas’ space opera will be a holiday season affair.
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Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said the December date will “ensure our extraordinary team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture.”
San Francisco-based Lucasfilm is set to begin shooting “Star Wars VII” in the spring at Pinewood Studios.MORE NEWS: Redwood City Retail Theft Suspect Arrested; Stolen Home Depot Merchandise Recovered
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