Today, Disney and Lucasfilm announced that Rian Johnsons Star Wars: Episode VIII has been pushed back. The film which was originally suppose to come out in May 2017 has since been pushed back to December 15th 2017. This shouldn’t come to much of a surprise given The Force Awakens and Rogue One both came out in December of their respective years. With Star wars: The Force Awakens making over $1.8 Billion dollars at the worldwide box office; it’s sequel doesn’t “need” to come out in the summer time since December seems to be working for them just fine.
Borys Kit of The Hollywood Reporter goes onto reveal that rewrites on the script are also taking place. But not to worry because the rewrites are to further help the characters Rey, Finn and Poe since everyone has fallen in love with them in The Force Awakens.
The only interesting this is that the sequel to The Force Awakens will now go head-to-head with AVATAR 2 which is scheduled to be released 10 days later on December 25th, 2017 according to Breathe Cast. Your move James Cameron..
Disney will now release STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII on December 15, 2017.
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