Today, Disney and Lucasfilm announced 'Star Wars: Episode 8' had its release date pushed back more than half a year to December 15, 2017.
And A LOT of people are mad about this (Just read the comments): https://twitter.com/starwars/status/689899200130224130
I believe this is one of the worst decisions Disney/ Lucasfilm has ever made. Why?
It Now Has Major Competition with Avatar 2
Now that it's release date has been pushed to December 15th, that means 'Episode VIII' will have MAJOR competition with James Cameron's 'Avatar 2'. Avatar, the highest grossing movie of all time with $2.7 billion, did not disappoint fans at the box office back in 2009. So it would only make sense that Avatar 2 would be one of 2017's most anticipated movies. IF Episode 8 opens on the 15th, then that will mean it will be quickly over run at the box office by Avatar 2, which won't be good for Disney or Lucasfilm at all, but will be amazing for 20th Century Fox.
It's May 26th release date would've come exactly 40 years after the original Star Wars came out
On May 25th, 1977, the United States was welcomed with STAR WARS, which started a surge in the Si-Fi genre. 'Star Wars: Episode VIII' was set to come out exactly 40 years to the day, if you count Thursday night showings. This would've given many fans the retrospect of seeing Star Wars for the fist time and maybe taken them back a long time ago...
Why did Disney make this decision?
Well, first of all: It was rumored at beginning of the week that Episode 8 would be getting a rewrite, but what that meant, we had no idea. So that definitely has something to do with it, but today Disney said it was something else:
"The move follows the extraordinary success of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens,' which was the first 'Star Wars' movie to premiere in December. 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 $861M and the third biggest global release ever with $1.887B."
But that still doesn't explain the reasoning behind the push back, after all, we may never know...
The least Disney/Lucasfilm can do is release the title or release some Rogue One footage after breaking most of our hearts with this news, let's hope somebody starts a petition for this horrible decision.