It looks like we'll need a little bit more time before the 'Force awakens' again. Star Wars: Episode VIII has been postponed for seven months, Disney announced last week.
The movie will now release December 15, 2017, as opposed to its original date of May 26, 2017.
J.J. Abrams did a phenomenal job directing The Force Awakens, but now, he will hand over the reins to Rian Johnson, who will be directing the next episode. In December, Episode VII became the highest grossing film of all-time. They will continue shooting next month in London.
This may be a disappointment for some, however, moving the date will only prove positive for the studio. The film will now compete with Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One, a futuristic science-fiction film being released as a Warner Brothers production. Disney will also churn out a live-action fairy tale film a week after Episode VIII releases.
As Disney changes the date of Star Wars, they have decided to change around some more dates and times in Hollywood as well. The next Pirates Of The Caribbean film, titled Dead Men Tell No Tales, will now be postponed after originally being slated for a July 7, 2017 release, due to the fact that Sony Pictures has put Marvel's Spider-Man in that slot, which will likely outdo POC.
With changing around film dates, it is a good idea to remember that movies release movies at certain times due to many different reasons; one of them is for making the most money, and another is slating a film for award nominations. Sometimes, studios even set up films to be released at certain times if they are not proven to be good movies.
However, I don't see this as a money problem for Star Wars, for obvious reasons. I guess it may be for special effects award nominations during awards season... otherwise, it is expected to be a hit, no doubt.