The Episode IX of popular movie Star Wars has a new release date, the film is set to open in December 2019 as a replacement for its previously scheduled May date. The movie has just undergone considerable changes in the creative team, with J.J. Abrams stepping in to replace the departed Colin Trevorrow, who left the project just last week due to creative dissimilarities with Lucasfilm. J.J. Abrams is also writing the film together with Argoscribe Chris Terrio, which isn’t a surprising development considering the script was the biggest hurdle Trevorrow and then Jack Thorne was unable to finish.
The fact that the film is going through an overhaul at this stage is baffling considering the plan to begin the movie’s production in January 2018, just about four months to this time. Nevertheless, Lucasfilm is ardent on ending the sequel trilogy on a strong note. Lucasfilm is also willing to give J.J. Abrams and Chris Terrio more time to crack the story. Star Wars: Episode IX will become available in theaters for Christmas just like its predecessors.
The news was disseminated today by the official Star Wars Twitter account, stating 20th of December, 2019 will be the new release date for the film.
Also, Han Solo is still on course to premiere in May next year. The new era of Star Wars in theaters has found incredible success in December this year. Rogue One and The Force Awakens posted huge numbers at the box office, taking advantage of inadequate competition and waves of encouraging buzz.
The Last Jedi which was released earlier this year is also set to dominate theaters over the winter period, so it isn’t unexpected Lucasfilm moved Episode IX to reproduce that box office performance. Some will recall Abrams requested Force Awakens be pushed back, so it’s possible something similar happened here. The last thing Lucasfilm wants is to rush a troubled production through for the sake of making a release date.