A few weeks ago, The Walt Disney Company and Lucasfilm officially announced that Star Wars Episode VII would be released on December 18, 2015, marking the first time a live-action Star Wars film has not been released in the month of May. Speaking to MTV's Josh Horowitz, Episode VII director J.J. Abrams discussed the December release date, which is a change from what Disney originally said would be a summer 2015 release.
The December release date "is an infinitely better situation now than when they were saying they wanted to do it in the summer." Abrams notes that the 2015 release was first announced when Episode VII was announced, so it happened before he even joined the film. Abrams said he understands why they would want to announce a year that early, but the summer release date "didn't necessarily have anything to do with the reality of where anyone was creatively." So he considers the December release date a "huge improvement" because "a release date's great, but you have to release something great."
In addition to the release date, Abrams also commented on the return of R2-D2, which was announced last week, but he's staying mum on the prospect of C-3PO's return. They're often thought of as a package deal, so Abrams joked that the two droids "have different agents." Maybe R2's an easier negotiator? I mean, 3PO is a bit of a diva after all.
Check out the video of Abrams above to hear more, including Horowitz doing a killer impression of Jar Jar Binks.