It was announced, that Disney would be moving their release date for Star Wars Episode VIII from May 26, 2017 to Dec 15 2017. It's bittersweet but, understandable none the less. Now, with this change in dates it will give director Rian Johnson a few more months to make sure production is tight on episode VIII.
Let's see if the Han Solo Anthology Film and Episode IX will get pushed from their dates in May of 2018 and 2019. Take a look a Disney's press release regarding the push:
"The Walt Disney Studios announced new release dates for upcoming films from two of its major franchises.
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."
December is starting to become the new summer!