Not long after announcing that JJ Abrams would be taking over for Colin Trevorrow as director for Episode IX, Lucasfilm has announced the film would be coming out on December 20th, 2019 rather than the previously announced May 24th.
This date actually makes more sense with the new generation of Star Wars films than the date of May 24th did. While the first 6 Star Wars films had been released in May, starting with Episode 7, Star Wars films became December films, Episode VII on December 18th, Rogue One on December 16th, and Episode 8 will release this year on December 15th. Right now, the only exception is the Han Solo film which is scheduled for May 25th, 2018, but that could potentially change as well, though currently, that doesn’t seem likely.
No information has been provided about the reason for the change in date, so I can only speculate that production may not be as far along as they would have liked. JJ’s schedule doesn’t appear to have anything else on it at the moment that would have conflicted with production, so it’s hard to say if his new involvement is directly related.
What do you guys think of the change? Do you like it better as a Winter Holiday film or as the beginning of the Summer Blockbuster season?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments!