Star Wars, Star Wars Episode VIII


Star Wars, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, General Hux, Domnhall Gleeson, The First Order, Starkiller Base

OK, this is going to hurt, but breathe through it.  We’re still getting a Star Wars film every year at Christmas (and I kind of like them as Christmas presents) and this is happening because of rewrites, but rewrites for a good reason.  The fan reaction to the new characters has been so phenomenally positive that Rian Johnson is tweaking the script to Episode VIII to give us more time with Rey, Finn, Poe and Kylo rather than introduce new minor characters.  Pirates of the Caribbean 5 (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) will be switching positions with Episode VIII, moving up from December 2017, while Episode VIII drops back.  I’m not particularly worried.  Remember, Episode VII was delayed as well to get it right and get it right they absolutely did.  The new release date, 12/15/17, puts the film in direct competition with Stephen Spielberg’s adaptation of Ready Player One, which I would be stunned if we didn’t see that skidoo out of the way, much like the Jumanji remake and the MCU Spidey solo film already have as to avoid being squashed flat like everything that tried to compete with The Force Awakens.  Keep in mind, we still have Star Wars: Rogue One to tide us over this year.
Star Wars, Star Wars Episode VII, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, Kylo Ren, Adam Driver

The saga will be continuing a little later than originally planned. Rian Johnson‘s Star Wars: Episode VIII, which was planned for release on May 26, 2017, will instead arrive nearly seven months later. The studio has had Episode VIII delayed until December 15, 2017. Jumping in to claim the original May release date will be Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

The move to have Episode VIII delayed follows the extraordinary success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was the first Star Wars movie to premiere in December. In the popular holiday moviegoing corridor, it 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 million and the third-biggest global release ever with $1.887 billion.

Written and directed by Johnson, Star Wars: Episode VIII is currently in pre-production and will begin principal photography in London next month. Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman will produce and J.J. Abrams, Tom Karnowski, and Jason McGatlin will executive produce.

Previously scheduled for a July 7, 2017 release, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales features the return of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow with Geoffrey Rush back on board as Barbossa, Orlando Bloom resurfacing as Will Turner, and a terrifying new adversary, Captain Salazar, played by Javier Bardem, in the mix. Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, the film is currently in post-production.

The blockbuster franchise’s previous installment, the $1 billion-grossing Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, also debuted in late May.

The Episode VIII delay will now see the film opening opposite Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One. Of course, that project may very well wind up relocating itself. The upcoming release date schedule is always shifting. Sony Pictures has today delayed their planned Jumanji remake and moved their Marvel Cinematic Universe Spider-Man film three weeks earlier.

Supreme Leader Snoke, Star Wars Episode VII, Andy Serkis,


  1. Character, character, character. It’s not rocket science. The reason people fell in love with SW back in 77 was not the effects work, as mind blowing as it was at the time. It was the characters, which were appealing, and played with great enthusiasm that overcame (in some places) the less than accomplished performances.

    I feel genuine affection for Rey, Finn, Maz Kanata, and BB-8. I actually feel for Kylo Ren. He killed one of my most beloved characters, and he did it in cold blood, but I don’t outright hate him, instead I want to know what happened to make him so screwed up, and I want him to be redeemed instead of just defeated. I may be more invested in Kyo Ren than in Rey at this point. He’s just a fascinating character, and we’ve never seen another figure like him in a SW movie.

    I’m not so much wondering what new planets, ships, ect, that are coming in Episode 8, instead I want to know what happens to the characters next. Great job, everyone making decisions at Disney. You continue to show great wisdom. And please, consider making this a holiday tradition. It sets SW apart (not that SW needs any help in that area).


    1. Yeah, I actually find this comforting because it shows a continued commitment to a perfected product rather than rushing to meet a release date that was only set to coincide with the 40th anniversary of A New Hope in the first place. Plus, the reason is to flesh out the new characters and give them more focus in the new script because people have responded so positively to them. Granted, it’s going to cause a giant GET OUT OF THE POOL reaction for anyone with a film in December 2017, but I like these at the holidays too. Like the LOTR films, they are like a reward for surviving the year. Plus, it’s not like we don’t have Rogue One to tide us over.


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