Disney Pushes Release of 'Star Wars: Episode VIII' to December 2017

January 20, 2016

Star Wars: Episode VIII

Briefly: It's official - Disney has moved the release date of Star Wars: Episode VIII from May 2017 to December 2017. The highly-anticipated sequel to The Force Awakens, being directed by Rian Johnson, was originally scheduled by Lucasfilm/Disney for May 26th, 2017. Now it has been rescheduled for release on December 15th, 2017. This puts it in line with the December release for The Force Awakens and the December release for Rogue One later this year. This also now pits Episode VIII to open head-to-head against James Cameron's Avatar 2, which is supposed to open Christmas 2017. A few other studios have shifted 2017 releases in response. The fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie will take over Star Wars' slot.

The move follows the extraordinary success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was the first Star Wars movie to premiere outside the traditional summer blockbuster window and smashed numerous records, including biggest domestic and global debuts of all time as well as the biggest domestic second and third weekends, en route to becoming the highest grossing domestic release of all time with over $861.3 million and the third biggest global release ever with $1,886.7 billion.

In addition to Disney moving Pirates of the Caribbean 5 with Johnny Depp into the former summer Star Wars spot in May, Sony has shifted their new Spider-Man reboot to July 7th, 2017 (the former Pirates slot). This release date "delay" for Episode VIII seems to be linked more to the potential to make money opening in December than any productions delays. They are in the middle of production on Rogue One, and they're beginning to ramping up pre-production on Episode VIII with shooting slated for this year. Rian Johnson will be directing, and the entire cast from The Force Awakens will be returning, namely Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher, Domhnall Gleeson, plus of course Mark Hamill as Luke.

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Reader Feedback - 13 Comments



noooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!! on Jan 20, 2016


I'd rather the time be taken to get it right then get it right now.

Quanah on Jan 20, 2016


Noooooooooooo!!!!! I was hoping it would not happen but December make better business sense. It will be interesting to see if Cameron moves Avatar or not.

fatjitsu on Jan 20, 2016


I hope they wont accidentally use the script from A new hope again. 🙂

Sascha Dikiciyan on Jan 20, 2016


Its postponed until they work out how to fool everyone episode 8 isn't a rehash of 5.

Steven on Jan 21, 2016


Yeah...well, that's fine by fine.

DAVIDPD on Jan 20, 2016


Well, thats a shame.

Higgens on Jan 20, 2016


OK... This number makes no sense: $1,886.7 billion Is that a thousand billion? Because that would make it a trillion...

DaveLister_JMC on Jan 20, 2016


What? Its ONE billion and 886 million dude.

Sascha Dikiciyan on Jan 20, 2016


In that case it should've been written as $1.8867 billion.. @DaveLister_JMC:disqus is correct - the number makes no sense.

Flrsi on Jan 21, 2016


The first Avatar movie was garbage and this one will be too. No denying it was a visual masterpiece but other than that it was trash and it's beyond me how it made as much money as it did

steve on Jan 21, 2016


Yeah I agree. It sucked.

Henry Willis on Jan 21, 2016


Makes sense. I only hope this movie will not be just a redo of Empire.

capitandelespacio on Jan 21, 2016

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