It’s the classic scenario of trying to juggle too many balls at once. Except the balls happen to be Star Wars films, the juggler is Disney, they’re not juggling to show off but for greed instead, and this is the first lapse in concentration. Many fans will be looking forward Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which is due to come out this year, but even more will be looking forward to Episode VIII, which was due to be released May 26, 2017, but has now been pushed back to December of that year.
It was always an ambitious plan for Disney to release a Star Wars film a year and perhaps this is the first sign that they are finding it hard to follow through on that plan. Can we expect another setback? Not at the moment, but the fact that the production on Episode VIII has been pushed back by 6 months should send alarm bells ringing in Disney’s head.
Traditionally, Star Wars films have come out within 3 years of each other, but when Episode VIII is released, it will only have been two, since J.J. Abrams’ highly-popular The Force Awakens was released and we shall also have been treated to the first installment of the Anthology Series in that time.
Rian Johnson is directing the first sequel of the sequel trilogy, which shall see the return of stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver and the introduction of Benicio Del Toro as a new villain. We can expect this now to arrive December 15, 2017. Meanwhile, Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One is still on course for a December 16 release date.