Disney and Lucasfilm announced the movie is set to be released on Dec. 15, 2017 instead. That’s seven more months of agonizing anticipation! The movie was supposed to begin filming this month in the UK, but it is currently in pre-production and won’t start principle photography until next month, according to Walt Disney Studios press release.
The reason for the delay has to do with the huge success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which premiered in December 2015. “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 $86M and the third biggest global release ever with $1.887B,” Walt Dinsey Studios stated. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is also up for five Oscar nominations in categories such as, Film Editing, Original Song, Visual Effects, Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing.
So, if you look at the numbers, I suppose postponing the release date for Star Wars: Episode VIII was a smart move.
In return for our patience, Disney announced Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will take Star Wars: Episode VIII original spot, and is set to premiere on May 26, 2017. So at least we have Captain Jack Sparrow and Will Turner to keep us company in the meantime.