It is being reported that Disney has decided to delay the release of Star Wars Episode VIII from its summer 2017 scheduled date to December of 2017. The script is rumoured to be receiving a rewrite, most likely being the cause of the delay.
Plans for the release of Star Wars: Rogue One will not change, and will still release in December of this year. Following the success of The Force Awakens in December 2015, I have no doubts that this seven month delay will upset fans, who waited three decades for a follow up to Return of the Jedi. Sure, there were prequel movies since then, but a sequel to the original trilogy was always desired.
As for The Force Awakens, “it has already become the highest-grossing release in North America with takings of $861m (£607m). The movie is the third-biggest global release in history, bringing in $1.88bn (£1.32bn) at the box office to date,” reports Sky News.
Star Wars Episode VIII should continue the story of Rey, Finn and a majority of the cast from The Force Awakens, all going well!
Episode VIII will start filming in London next month.
[Source: Sky News]