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Star Wars: Episode VIII moves back to December 2017

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Story by Jack Foley

STAR Wars: Episode VIII is being pushed back seven months, from May 26, 2017, to December 15 of that year.

Disney has made the decision to move the release date because of the success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which also opened in December and has smashed a number of box office records.

Instead, another of its franchise movies, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, will open on May 26, (aka Memorial Day Weekend in the US), Star Wars‘ old home.

But that does leave a berth on July 7, when Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow was to have returned.

It will also give Disney and director Rian Johnson more time to work on Episode VIII, while also balancing out Disney’s tent-pole schedule in 2017.

As it stood, the studio was set to release Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on May 5, with Star Wars, Pirates and Cars 3 (June 16) all in the same summer.

It remains to be seen whether Disney will also postpone the release of its untitled fairytale movie, which ws originally slotted to open on December 22.

But it does spell bad news for Steven Spielberg and Warner Bros., who are set to open Ready Player One on that date (December 15).

It may also have some effect on The Croods 2 and The Six-Million Dollar Man, which were set to open a week later, on December 22.

However, within minutes of the Star Wars and Pirates of the Caribbean announcement, Sony said it was moving up the release of its Spider-Man movie from July 28, 2017, to July 7, 2017, while pushing the Jumanji remake seven months from December 25, 2016 to July 28, 2017.

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