Star Wars: Episode VIII Delayed Until December 2017

Originally scheduled for release in Winter 2017, the next installment in the Star Wars saga will now hit cinemas 15 December 2017, almost 2 years to the day from the release of The Force Awakens.

A statement on revealed the news, citing the success of The Force Awakens being released outside of the traditional blockbuster film period.

The film "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," the statement reads.

Star Wars: Episode VIII is in pre-production, with filming scheduled to begin next month in London. Confirmed to be on board are writer and director Rian Johnson and producers Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman.

J.J. Abrams will return in an executive producer role, along with Jason McGatlin and Tom Karnowski.

Hey, a delay can only mean more time to get it perfect, right?

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    My birthday is in December, I can't think of a better birthday present :D.

      My birthday is the 15th of December. Whoo!
      However, there's no way I'm watching it the day it comes out in a cinema full of noisy, snack-munching fanbois.
      On the other hand, I also don't want wait long enough for some prick to post a major spoiler on my Facebook news feed - which is what happened this year. :(

    I'm pretty sure we are getting a spin off film (origin story) in between, I know they have 3 planned and they have been casting for Han solo but there are so many characters they could do them on.

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      You are correct @dirtnasty Star Wars: Rogue One drops in December this year and then the Han Solo pic is after that.

      There is also rumours they are looking at a Obi Wan story too... but thats very very speculative at this stage.

      Not to mention the Jar Jar Binks three-movie spin off, the BB-8 animated feature, and depending on the success of the first Jar Jar movie - and Unkar Plutt-Watto buddy-pic .

    Hopefully it'll give them time to work/polish the script rather than rushing it out the door to cash in on their newly acquire franchise

    Yea , they had to as they were going to call it "The First Order Strikes Back" based on an ice planet called Frozen ! Luke trains Rey to be a Jedi but her friends are captured by Kylo ren when they went to visit the aging Lando Calrissian on cloud metropolis. Rey & Kylo engage in a lightsaber battle and she looses her arm . Kylo then tells Rey she is her sister and to come to the dark side. She refuses and escapes and gets a new arm the end...... Oh yea forgot that Finn get frozen in carbonite.....

    Unkar Platt-Watto "Hardcore Pawn" series
    ...or "Outer Rim Pickers"

    I don't mind the idea of different directors and writers for the different spinoffs, but I'm not sold on the idea of the "core" movies getting a different team each time. Can't help but feel like each movie is going to have a different feel to it and worry that ideas being developed by one director will be ignored or flipped by the next one.

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