I think this is prove that the sale to Disney was just asking for trouble. I didnt care for TFA and after repeated viewings at home it really didn't fair too well IMO of course.
I think not letting the Anthology SW movies be what the director may envision is a mistake. Thats exactly why they are making them or should make them: To take risks. But ok ok. Im not that naive. This isn't the area of '77 film making anymore. I dont see how a darker, more serious SW isn't a good thing. We really didn't have that yet and the money is already a sure thing since its a SW movie. To force the EP7 vibes onto it is my opinion a mistake but like you said, we need to hear it from the director himself. Everything else is still speculation. I cant believe that this movie is already coming in 6 months. Crazy.