'Star Wars: Episode VIII' news: Premiere date moved to December 2017

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The second installment in the new “Star Wars” trilogy was initially expected to come in May next year. However, reports indicate that “Star Wars: Episode VIII” will be pushed back seven months later.

According to a Disney blog that referred to itself as an “insider,” the upcoming film will be released on Dec.15, 2017 instead of the original schedule in May of the same year. It explained how the Christmas season release date of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” made the film more fun, so “Episode VIII” will be released the same way.

The write-up seemed reliable, as the official Disney Twitter page also posted on its page, “Dates set for @StarWars: Episode VIII and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” along with the link that leads to the blog.

There are also rumors that the director for “Star Wars: Episode VIII” Rian Johnson will rewrite the script in order to put more focus on the new characters seen in the recent film as requested by fans, said Cinema Blend.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” earned a total of $860 million in North America and more than $1 billion from international markets. With more than $1.887 billion gross sales in total, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is currently the third highest grossing film, just after James Cameron’s “Avatar” and “Titanic.”

It needs to be noted, however, that moving “Star Wars: Episode VIII” to December 2017 will mean that it will challenge the sequel of the top grossing film, “Avatar 2.” Fans and the producers will have to wait until the said date to find out which film between the two will get more nods.

In the meantime, while waiting for the eighth film of “Star Wars,” fans can look forward to its spinoff, “Rouge One: A Star Wars Story” slated to be in theatres on Dec. 16, 2016.