20th Century Fox has moved up the release date of “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” by five days, putting it in direct competition with the release of Disney and Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”. Now, both films will open on December 18th.
THR says the official reason for the release change by Fox is said to be due to the studio wanting to take advantage of the school holidays the following week.
The news comes as the next trailer for ‘Force Awakens’ is scheduled to drop online on Monday to coincide with ticket pre-sales for the film. A sneak peek of the trailer is rumored to be taking place on Sunday night during NBC’s football broadcast according to Making Star Wars.
Also of note this week, Lucasfilm’s president Kathleen Kennedy recently spoke with Fortune about how a significant portion of the creative team for the franchise is made up of women and how, one day soon, a woman will be hired to direct a “Star Wars” film:
“Fifty percent of our executive team are women. Six out of eight of the people in my Story Group are women. I think it’s making a huge difference in the kind of stories we’re trying to tell. It [a female-directed “Star Wars” film] is going to happen. We are going to hire a woman who’s going to direct a Star Wars movie. I have no doubt.
On the other hand, I want to make sure we put someone in that position who’s set up for success. It’s not just a token job to look out and try to find a woman that we could put into a position of directing Star Wars … If we do want to bring a woman in to direct a Star Wars movie, we want to make sure that it’s somebody who’s passionate and really, really wants to do a Star Wars movie. We don’t want to talk somebody into it.”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opens December 18th.