The return of the STAR WARS saga has been pushed back seven months.
Star Wars fans will have to wait a little longer than originally anticipated to return to Rey and Finn’s story in Star Wars: Episode VIII after the decision to have the film pushed back was announced today.
Disney has moved the Star Wars: Episode VIII release date from May 26, 2017 to December 15, 2017. Instead, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will move from its original July 7, 2017 slot to the May 26, 2017 opening.
No word yet on whether the seven month delay was a necessity for the production or if the Star Wars franchise simply wanted to maintain the mid-December release time frame after the massive success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which has currently accumulated about $1.88 billion, according to Variety.
Star Wars: Episode VIII will begin principal photography in London next month. It was written and will be directed by Rian Johnson, who is most famously known for directing 2012’s Looper.