While Star Wars: The Force Awakens is still dominating in the current box office, fans will have to wait a bit longer for the sequel.  Disney announced today that it would be moving the release date for Star Wars: Episode VIII from May 26, 2017 to December 15, 2017 instead.

Typically, the Star Wars movies have always had a May release date.  Originally because George Lucas’ Birthday happens to be in May, but one can argue in later years that it’s because May typically marks the start of the Summer Blockbuster Season.  Star Wars: The Force Awakens originally was slated to have a May release date but was later moved to December 18, 2015.

While some may grunt and groan about having to wait another 7 months for the next major Star Wars installment, there is still Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to look forward to on December 16, 2016  This will also give other Disney movies a bit more breathing room as well as a chance to profit more from the move of Episode VIII.  With Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Cars 3 and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, things were already getting a bit crowded already for Disney between May and July of 2017.  Instead, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will now move to the former date belonging to Star Wars: Episode VIII and will now open on May 26 instead of July 7, 2017.

Now all that’s left is for Warner Brothers to figure out where they’ll move Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Ready Player One.  As it currently shares the December 15 release date with Star Wars: Episode VIII, I predict it won’t be long before it gets a new release date.  Sony has already decided that Jumanji will be pushed a whole 7 months from Dec. 25, 2016, to July 28, 2017  and that their Spider-Man reboot will move up 3 weeks from July 28, 2017, to July 7, 2017.