STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII Release Pushed Back Six Months


We’re going to have to wait a little bit longer for the next big screen adventure of Finn, Rey, Poe and the rest of the cast of the new Star Wars trilogy, as Disney has just announced that the release of Star Wars: Episode VIII has been pushed back six months from May 26, 2917 to December 15, 2017.

According to the Hollywood Reporter

Disney insiders say the decision to push back the release of Star Wars comes after the blockbuster success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens over the year-end holidays. They say they have now decided to give Episode VIII the same Christmas treatment.

That sounds like a bit of corporate-speak to me, given that it was recently reported that production on Episode VIII was pushed back a month to accommodate a rewrite of the script. Is it possible that Disney is anticipating even more delays to the film and are giving themselves a bit of breathing room?

The move has Episode VIII set to open just two weeks before James Cameron’s first installment in his planned trilogy of Avatar films. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, originally set for a July 7, 2017 premier, sail into Episode VIII‘s old spot.

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