'Star Wars: Episode VIII' Moved Back to December 15, 2017
on January 20, 2016
By Daniel Garris
Disney has announced today that Star Wars: Episode VIII has been pushed back to December 15, 2017. The eighth episode of the Star Wars saga had previously been scheduled for release on May 26, 2017. The move isn't a big surprise given the record-breaking performance of Star Wars: The Force Awakens with a December release date. Disney also has Rogue One: A Star Wars Story scheduled for release on December 16, 2016 and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 scheduled for May 5, 2017.
In addition, Disney has moved up its Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales so that it will now occupy the May 26, 2017 date instead. The fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise had been previously scheduled to open on July 7, 2017.
Shortly after Disney's announcement, Sony also announced that it has moved up Spider-Man to July 7, 2017 and has moved back Jumanji to July 28, 2017.
Wednesday Afternoon Update:
In further 2017 release date news, Paramount has removed Terminator 2 from its previous May 19, 2017 release date and will now be releasing Baywatch on May 19, 2017 instead. Terminator 2 is currently without a new release date.
Thursday Afternoon Update:
Universal has moved The Mummy to June 9, 2017. The franchise re-launch starring Tom Cruise was previously scheduled for release on March 24, 2017.