Star Wars: Episode VIII has been delayed

by Brandon Russell | January 20, 2016

Star Wars: Episode VIII, which was scheduled to hit theaters in early 2017, has been delayed. Disney and Lucasfilm made a joint announcement confirming the delay on the official Star Wars website. The film is now scheduled to come out on Dec. 15, 2017, a full two years after Episode VII (and one year after the spinoff, Star Wars: Rogue One).

When Disney announced its Star Wars roadmap, it always seemed odd Episode VIII was being lumped toward the beginning of 2017, just a few months after the release of Rogue One. Pushing the movie back will not only give Disney and Lucasfilm more breathing room, but allow them to send more time fine-tuning the story, which is reportedly being re-written to more prominently feature Rey, Finn and Poe, who quickly became fan-favorites following Episode VII’s release.

No word on how Episode VIII’s delay will affect the release of Episode IX, which is currently scheduled to come out May 24, 2019



Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...