Disney Pushes Back ‘Episode VIII,’ Moves Up New ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’

New Release Date

Disney and Lucasfilm announced that they pushed Star Wars: Episode VIII from May 26, 2017 back to December 15, 2017. Instead, the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie is moving up to the previously held spot for Rian Johnson‘s sequel.

That means Episode VIII will go up against James Cameron‘s Avatar sequel unless Fox shift the release date for that. Two big sci-fi franchises released in December will definitely hit the box office of each. It is also worth noting that Steven Spielberg‘s Ready Player One opens just one week later.

“Obviously the December date worked out very (very) well for them but I’ve also heard they are rewriting the script,” Borys Kit of The Hollywood Reporter tweeted, alluding that Episode VIII is being delayed so the script can be adjusted to capitalize on the unexpected popularity of the new characters.

I dunno but it sounds like they’re simply trying to repeat the success of The Force Awakens, which also opened in December (but due to behind-the-scenes developments that pushed production back). Following a newly established tradition, the mysterious Rogue One is arriving on December 16, 2016, just in time for Christmas. Before J.J. Abrams‘ Star Wars mega-blockbuster, the series has owned Memorial Day (since 1977).

However, numerous fans seem to be a bit disappointed they have to wait up seven months for a new release date.

Meanwhile, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will take its old release date, a slight jump from its previous July 7th date, while Marvel and Sony is taking advantage of the shift, and moving their Spider-Man reboot to the slot previously held by Pirates of the Caribbean 5. That film was originally slated for July 28th. That’s life.

Check out the official statement below.

Star Wars: Episode VIII, originally scheduled for release on May 26, 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 in December. In the popular holiday moviegoing corridor, it 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 $861M and the third biggest global release ever with $1.887B…

With Star Wars: Episode VIII jumping to December, Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will set sail on May 26, 2017, from its previously scheduled July 7, 2017, berth. The blockbuster franchise’s previous installment, the $1B-grossing Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, also debuted in late May…