To those who wait, good things come: Star Wars Episode VIII delayed
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Yesterday Disney announced that Star Wars: Episode VIII would return to its 15th December 2017 release date having previously brought it forward to May 2017. Lots of unsubstantiated rumours and assumptions have placed the blame at rewrites, but given the film is already in production we don't think this is the case and in fact Disney actually think that the Winter release of Episode VII contributed to its stellar box office performance. The change also puts the films back on a more regular release schedule with a new Star Wars film arriving every December between now and 2020 at the very least.
In its place, Disney have brought forward the release of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales to the now vacant 26th May date.
Star Wars: Episode VIII will now be going head-to-head with Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One; although we wouldn't be at all surprised if that is now moved to ensure it isn't isn't competing in terms of screens or views.
Star Wars: Episode VIII is being written and directed by Rian Johnson and stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Domnhall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Andy Serkis, Anthony Daniels and Peter Mayhew.