'Star Wars: Episode IX' Has Been Delayed to December 2019

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 - 9:02PM
Star Wars
Star Wars: Episode IX
Tuesday, 12 September 2017 - 9:02PM
'Star Wars: Episode IX' Has Been Delayed to December 2019
Lucasfilm
Well, here's a big surprise: following the announcement that JJ Abrams is going to take over from Colin Trevorrow as the director of Star Wars: Episode IX, Lucasfilm has also revealed that the movie will be delayed from its original May 2019 release date, until December 2019.

This new development comes as a surprise to absolutely nobody - at least, nobody who's been paying attention to Lucasfilm's production strategy over the past few years. The movie follows in the footsteps of The Last Jedi, which similarly was initially scheduled for a summer release before being pushed back to December once the Disney higher ups realized that it's probably better not to rush things, considering how close to the wire Rogue One ended up being thanks to the movie's heavy reshoots.




It's almost as if, like Emperor Palpatine himself, Lucasfilm's overconfidence is their weakness. The studio seems pretty certain that they can blaze through movie production at break-neck pace without running into a single hiccup; a strategy that's proven wrong for literally every movie they've made this decade except The Force Awakens, and something that parent company Disney hasn't been thrilled about.

Rogue One required extensive reshoots as the plot was heavily reworkedThe Last Jedi was delayed by six months to give director Rian Johnson time to actually finish editing the thing. Han Solo lost both of its original directors, and much of filming is being redone from scratch under the guidance of new director Ron Howard.

And now Episode IX is undergoing rewrites, has seen Colin Trevorrow walk off into the sunset, and has a brand new director and a seven month delay. Disney is opting to put their live action Aladdin remake in their original May 24, 2019 spot instead.


All things considered, grabbing Abrams to finish of this new trilogy is the logical move - his style of filmmaking is safe, proven, and efficient, meaning that Lucasfilm won't need to delay Episode IX any more than is absolutely necessary. At the same time, pushing the movie back to December will in no way hurt the film's profits, as Star Wars will continue to hold a tight grip on the holiday season's box office and merchandise sales for the rest of this decade.

Every Christmas, as families gather together for festive celebrations, they'll all continue the tradition of going to see the new Star Wars together. Kids both old and young will receive Star Wars action figures, lunch boxes, underwear, and freshly minted vinyl records from their parents (if your mom still buys you some Star Wars related for Christmas every year, you're not alone). The most corporate time of year will continue to be ruled by the original mega toy brand for the foreseeable future.

So there's no real downside to moving Episode IX back to December - if anything, the decision to initially set the movie for a summer release was a lofty goal to make sure that, if delays happen, the film would definitely be ready for Wookie Life Day. So long as it's better than the Star Wars Holiday Special, there's nothing wrong with Star Wars during the holidays.
Science Fiction
Sci-Fi Movies
Star Wars
Star Wars: Episode IX
No