STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII Will be Delayed
Today on StarWars.com, Disney and Lucasfilm announced that Star Wars: Episode VIII, which was originally scheduled for a 2017 summer release, is being pushed back to December 15, 2017. That gives us nearly a full two years’ worth of waiting.
Here’s the release:
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.
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: Episode VIII is currently in preproduction and will begin principal photography in London next month. Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman will produce and J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski will executive produce. Stay tuned for exciting updates in the coming weeks.
That’s a bummer. The bright side? We have an actual release date.