As Star Wars fans continue to debate Lucasfilm's decision to place J.J. Abrams back in the director's chair for Star Wars: Episode IX, more changes are on the horizon of a galaxy far, far away. The initial release date for Star Wars: Episode IX was May 24, 2019. Mere hours after the announcement of Abrams' return, the new release date of December 20, 2019 was unveiled. However, before getting consumed by the negativity of the Dark Side, fans need to take into consideration why the change of release date is actually good news.
The Force Is Strong With The New Release Date
Even though The Last Jedi still hasn't hit theaters, its sequel Star Wars: Episode IX has already hit a few major obstacles preventing the film from successfully jumping to lightspeed. Due to the tragic death of Carrie Fisher, the Star Wars: Episode IX script is continuing to receive major re-writes. Keeping the initial release date while dealing with such significant story revisions and change of director would be crazier than trying to beat a Wookie in a game of Dejarik. Instead of rushing everything, now they can take their time and create the ending that audiences deserve. When directing The Force Awakens, Abrams was an integral player in writing the story for the film and may now do the same for the concluding chapter. He helped bring Rey, Finn, Kylo Ren and a new generation of #StarWars to life, and he can bring that same creativity to make a powerful ending.
Many fans have criticized #TheForceAwakens for being too similar to A New Hope, placing much of the blame on Abrams and his direction of the film. Regardless of one's stance in this debate, it can't be refuted that Lucasfilm adapts their films based on fan reception. The largely bitter reception of the prequel trilogy led to The Force Awakens: a movie completely unlike the prequels and far more similar to the adored original trilogy. After complaints of this similarity to the original trilogy, the studio has emphasized how Rian Johnson's direction of The Last Jedi will not be a repeat of The Empire Strikes Back.
The new release date provides more time to bring Star Wars: Episode IX to life, and will ensure that it is not merely a revision of Return of the Jedi. J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm are not deaf to what fans say –– we should be confident that they will make every effort to create a truly original film that serves as an epic and fitting end to the sequel trilogy.
Additionally, there's the tradition of releasing the Skywalker Saga films two years apart in December. The Force Awakens released on December 18, 2015 while #TheLastJedi flies into theaters December 15, 2017. The release date for the final film in the sequel trilogy carries on the end-of-the-year, holiday tradition of new Skywalker Saga films.
A later release date may not be popular news, but it's definitely the right move for Lucasfilm to make.
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[Sources: The Verge]