Star Wars 8 has been pushed from May 26, 2017 to December 15, 2017.
Instead of fans having to wait a year and a half for Ep. 8 it looks like the wait it extended to almost 2 years.
According to CinemaBlend, the movie is possibly being delayed because of rewrites. Disney is giving Rian Johnson more time to work on the script, and presumably giving the characters of Finn, Rey and Kylo Ren more screen time of sorts.
This also is not a surprise now that Disney has moved Pirates of the Caribbean 5 to the slot in May 2017. Releasing 2 tent pole franchise movies on the same weekend is dumb, and most movie fans know that studios don’t like to compete against themselves. Pirates 5 was originally slated to come out on July 7, 2017 so the move from Pirates means a couple months push up, and the move for Star Wars means 7 more months of not knowing what happens next in the episodic journey.
This may turn out to be great, though. The re-writes are rumored to be a good thing, and that Disney is not scared or anything like that. LucasFilm seems to have great leadership, so they’re to be trusted at this moment in time.
The great news is that we don’t have to wait 4 years before a new movie comes out, we only have to wait 1 year. Actually, when The Force Awakens came out we were already less than a year away from Rogue One which comes out in December 2016.
As for me, I am taking everything happening with a grain of salt. I understand rewrites happen, and it could be for great reason. But when a rewrite happens and movie like this gets pushed 7 months there is something larger than “oh, we wanted to add some lines for Rey, Finn, and Kylo”. Regardless, I hope this adds some quality or some type of aspect we would not have gotten had it come out in the original slot.
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