If you were hoping to get answers to the many questions introduced in The Force Awakens sooner rather than later, you won’t enjoy hearing that Star Wars Episode VIII‘s release date has been pushed back.
Disney has confirmed that the film, which is being directed by Rian Johnson, has been delayed to December 15, 2017 from its original release window of May 2017. While this means that we won’t be seeing two Star Wars films in a span of six months, with Rogue One coming out in December 2016, this date change makes sense in light of recent news that shooting had to be pushed back due to rewrites.
While it’s disappointing to have to wait longer to see the next installment in the new trilogy, those extra months can only lead to a stronger film overall, which is actually great news for Star Wars fans. After all, a stronger script can only lead to a better film.
This date change also means that Star Wars will now have to go toe-to-toe at the box office with Avatar 2, which is scheduled to hit theaters December 25, 2017. Fox may very well change that date (who knows when James Cameron will actually finish the long-awaited sequel) but if not, December 2017 could very well be the biggest box office battle in history.