The Force has been Awakened but now you’ll be waiting a little bit longer before you get to see Star Wars: Episode VIII. The film had been slated to open in May 2017, but that date for release has now been shifted to December 2017.
The seven month delay was announced by Disney and Lucasfilm, the film is the continuation of the story involving Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, and Kylo Ren. The film was scheduled to begin filming in the U.K. this month but will instead begin next month.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that Disney insiders say the decision to push back the release of Star Wars comes after the blockbuster success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens over the year-end holidays. The Force Awakens has grossed $1.9 billion dollars worldwide making it the third highest grossing film on record and domestically it has grossed a record $859 million dollars.
Now that Star Wars: Episode VIII has moved to December, Disney decided to move the fifth installment of the Pirates series to the May date. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will open in theaters on May 26, 2017.
The Star Wars anthology film Rogue One, directed by Gareth Edwards, is set to arrive on Dec. 16 of this year.