In a surprise twist that will likely cause an uproar, it has been revealed that STAR WARS Episode VIII is officially pushed back 7 months from its original release date to Dec. 15, 2017.
The news comes from Borys Kit of THR from his personal twitter.
STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII release date change! Movie is pushed back 7 months, moving from May 26, 2017 to Dec. 15, 2017.
— Borys Kit (@Borys_Kit) January 20, 2016
Here is the official press release via STARWARS.com about the delay:
Today, Disney and Lucasfilm announced that Star Wars: Episode VIII, originally scheduled for release in summer 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 outside the traditional summer blockbuster window and 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 $861.3 million and the third biggest global release ever with $1,886.7 billion.
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: Episode VIII is currently in preproduction and will begin principal photography in London next month. Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman will produce and J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski will executive produce. Stay tuned for exciting updates in the coming weeks.