‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ receives a new release date


In a not-so-surprising move on Disney’s part, the next installment in the Star Wars saga has a brand new release date. The film, which was set to be released on May 25, 2017, has been moved to December 15, 2017. With Episode VIII moving to December 15, 2017, Disney has decided to move Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales to Episode VIII‘s original release date on May 25, 2017.

Star Wars: Episode VIII‘s original release date would’ve come out 3 weeks after the release of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, another Disney property. This would potentially compete with the film and might hinder the box office numbers of Disney’s other highly popular space opera. So it’s not a huge surprise that Disney/Lucasfilm decided to move the film towards December.

The film, as you can imagine, would also be competing against other summer blockbuster films and might also hinder its box office figures. Yes, this is Star Wars, but a release date to December could have the same end-of-year success as its predecessor. However, Star Wars: Episode VIII will now compete against Avatar 2 and Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One. My educated guess is that Avatar 2 and Ready Player One will start to look for newer release dates.

Either way, Star Wars fans will be disappointed at the news, and it’s looking as if December will be the Star Wars month instead of its typical release date of May.

What do you think?

Star Wars: Episode VIII destroys theaters on December 15, 2017.

Source: Star Wars, Variety

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