Star Wars fans looking forward to the launch of the second new Star Wars movie that was expected to be released on May 26th, 2017, and follows on from the massive hit Star Wars The Force Awakens, which exploded onto cinema screens worldwide on December 17th last year.
Will be disappointed to learn that Walt Disney Studios has today announced that the release date for Star Wars Episode VIII film has now been pushed back until December 15th, 2017. Giving fans a further six months to wait for the next Star Wars instalment.
The new release date for the upcoming and hugely anticipated Star Wars Episode VIII will now puts it on the same opening weekend as the The Force Awakens was released, allowing Disney to make the most of the holiday season.
Star Wars Episode VIII will now go head-to-head with James Cameron’s long-awaited Avatar 2 which will also be launching during December and will be available to watch the following weekend. Walt Disney Studios explains more in its press release today :
Star Wars: Episode VIII, originally scheduled for release on May 26, 2017, will now debut on December 15, 2017. The move 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 $861M and the third biggest global release ever with $1.887B.
Written and directed by Rian 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. Stay tuned to StarWars.com for exciting updates in the coming weeks.
With Star Wars: Episode VIII jumping to December, Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will set sail on May 26, 2017, from its previously scheduled July 7, 2017, berth. The blockbuster franchise’s previous installment, the $1B-grossing Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, also debuted in late May.
In Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Johnny Depp returns 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.
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