After The Force Awakens broke box office records – and completely obliterated what prognosticators believed was possible for a December-released film – the Star Wars franchise has pushed back its Episode VIII from May 2017 to December 15th, 2017.
To fill the studio’s May 26th, 2017 vacancy,
Disney announced the next installment in
the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise – dubbed Dead Men Tell No Tales – will slide up from its original July 7th release date, Deadline reports.
Despite the seven-month delay, pre-
production on the Rian Johnson-directed Episode VIII appears to remain on schedule, with principal photography
scheduled to begin on The Force Awakens follow-up next month in London. “Stay tuned for exciting updates in the
coming weeks,” Lucasfilms and Disney
promised in their statement.