• Chris Taylor

    I’m totally cool with JJ Abrams coming back for Episode IX, but I’m more excited (and I’m glad to see I’m not alone here) about the December move! Since I was a kid, I’ve associated Star Wars with the holiday season because of years and years and YEARS of Star Wars Christmas gifts, the movies being something that the entire family can agree on having on during get-togethers, more toys,…. so many more toys, and of course, the Holiday Special.

    Star Wars may have been a May franchise, but they’ve always felt like Christmas movies to me. And the first time I saw the teasers for The Force Awakens, and seeing December 2015 as the release date, it felt really good. Then this happened: https://youtu.be/sGbxmsDFVnE?t=1m18s And I still get chills hearing that music and seeing ‘This Christmas’. And then when I saw The Last Jedi, and was driving home afterwards with the radio on the Christmas music station, maaan that is a great feeling. And I loved it the next year, and I love it again this year. (cough I hope they delay Han Solo cough) And I will love it again for Episode IX. And here’s hoping when they make that frontier/western style movie about Obi-Wan and Owen vs either Tusken Raiders or moisture rustlers that I keep wishing on stars for.

    Err, tl;dr- I’m good with this news.

  • Keep things civil. Lovers and haters of Disney Star Wars and those involved in its production are welcome here. Just keep the political bull-shit, inflammatory rhetoric and personal attacks to minimum. Stay on topic…. stay on topic. JK

  • WeenieBeenie

    JJ Abrams…is a hack. Bring back George Lucas! He had the vision and understanding of this universe. Abrams will just make another sorry remake without imagination or any real understanding of the Star Wars universe. Nothing in Force Awakens made any sense–it was just a cheap nostalgia trip and failed to bring back the greatest ensemble cast all together. Epic Fail.

    • 80’s will always rule

      you are a hack

      • Easy. No need for personal attacks.

        • 80’s will always rule

          That guy insulted JJ Abrams

  • Ben Bonstein

    Makes sense that he would finish this enterprise. He started it and should have a good idea of where it ought to end, even if TLJ throws him a curve or two. I believe in him and am glad to have him as long as he has room for Porgs.

    • Ben Bonstein

      Also; I-VI release dates be damned, December is Star Wars month. JJ has returned us to our rightful page on the calendar.

      • CT-7567

        Ouch. Respectfully disagree. May is SW movie month. 🙂

        • Simon P

          It was back in the day. But I think Disney has successfully made it December now. And thats good since May/June have been the other big blockbusters like Marvel, etc.

      • Simon P

        Ya, I prefer the December month now.

  • Stereotypical Evil Archer

    More MYSTERY BOX, yo!

  • Dave

    Don’t care anymore since Abrams destroyed these films.

    • Stereotypical Evil Archer

      Red arms for everyone!

  • Nick Bondra

    Works for me. I like Star Wars Christmases. 🙂

  • Jebediaah

    Almost 17 months without a Star Wars film? How will we survive? How will Disney survive? Ha.

    • Alice Charlie Scoles

      they will be able to finally clear out jyn, cassians and zuvios from the stores!!!!!

  • mic windu

    I prefer the December release, it fits well with the releases so far, I had hoped that the Han Solo film would do the same.

  • David Cruz

    The push to December didn’t make sense to at first, but it must be due JJ now having to write the story? Or he preferred and was also a condition to have 27 months vs 20 months to delivered the finale of this trilogy.

  • bmales01

    I like the December timing better. I make it a ritual to take my son to a SW movie every X-Mas. Hey, what else do Jews have to do on X-Mas 🙂

    • JohnMorog

      Good question, what do Jew usually do?

      • bmales01

        Chinese food and movie

        • Have you ever just gotten food and gone to a Chinese movie?

          • bmales01

            once. but there were no subtitles and I couldnt follow the plot

        • JohnMorog

          Strange, that sounds like my Christmas… 😛

          • bmales01

            well the same options are available to those who observe vs those who dont. I just assume you observers need to put in family time and X-Mas dinner and what not. We Jews have no religious obligations 🙂

          • JohnMorog

            Of course, of course. Any time is good for family time, Chinese food and a movie or Christmas. Hopefully my original pun was not lost on Jew. 😉

          • bmales01

            oh, now i got it

    • Jimmy Griffin

      You’ll eat Chinese food too, right?

      • bmales01

        yes and yes. its about all that is open.
        I actually love X-Mas day. Its very peaceful but without the kids whining about what they got (mine whine about 2 weeks before)

  • FireFox91

    Lucasfilm has been so desperate to get their movies on a May release schedule, why? Because it’s when the originals were released? Because that is the summer blockbuster time? So what? I love having them in December. It’s like getting an extra Christmas present every year. And lets face it, it’s Star Wars. The time of year they release doesn’t make a bit of difference. So says the 2 BIL that TFA made worldwide.

    • darthmadonna

      A summer release allows the merch to come out and give a boost to retail in the Spring. It also allows say Hasbro for example time to react a bit better they also can get their second push in Christmas when everyone is shopping. This also allows for a home video release at Christmas. As it stands now the merch comes out in September we have little product thanks to secrecy and poor stock levels but then retail traditionally stops ordering in November then stores sell and clearance out for inventory in Jan/Feb. That could translate in to 2-4 months of no new Star wars stuff at retail in the midst of the film’s theatrical release. As it stands now the film is out in December and then that is it. You loose the longevity of hype and buzz for the film. Christmas is also a bit tough on many because it is so busy with work, traffic, shopping, and family. I have seen many who were not able to participate in opening night fun because it was December. I was not able to see TFA a second time until mid January because of work and by then I just couldnt care. The kids have 3 months off in Summer also they can repeatedly go to the movies. Who knows though that 2 bil could have been more if it was a Summer release but we will never know.

      • Trooper31

        Well said on all levels. December is too rushed with the holidays and all. I hate going into the theater from the cold outside and then afterward the same, it’s just not the SW experience I like.
        More iomportantly from a business sense, you summed up the whole merchandising push perfectly. With a May release they have catch-up time for Christmas. There could be fewer “lost” waves that often never make it to retail because the hype is over well before wave 4 can make it out. With Christmas, they’d have that second marketing push.

    • Ben Bonstein

      YOU’RE SO RIGHT. lol I look forward to it more than Christmas.

  • Fiery Little One

    Honestly? I found the May date to be confusing. They’ve had 2 December dates in a row and both dominated the month.

    • Hazzbro Jonez

      honestly>? i found the december dates stupid and unnecessary when all previous movies had a may release.

      • Fiery Little One

        Fair enough.

  • General Hux

    I kinda hope this means the Han Solo film will be pushed back to December too, that way every movie new SW will have come out in December.

    • General Hux

      But because that movie is only 8 months away I kinda doubt it.

      • Brian Beck

        well its still possible. Disney/Lucusfilm hardcore wanted to return to May, even with switching directors. Now with an episode movie being moved, it could give them the ‘freedom’ (i.e. give up) to move it back.

        from the toy buying/collecting stand point it would be great, as I’m fearing some grid lock with the last waves from TLJ and the first waves of the Han movie colliding.

        • General Hux

          I still think it’s too late at this point, as much as I would like it to be pushed until December I’m not counting on it.

          • Brian Beck

            agreed. there would be marketing and all sorts of other stuff already planned, you can’t just “stop on a dime” with these things.

          • General Hux

            I think filming is wrapping up in a few weeks too, that means they would have 15 months of post production…

          • CT-7567

            Maybe they’ll just cancel it. 😛

        • Hazzbro Jonez

          yea can’t wait for all those vest wearing human characters from the han solo movie waves! trousers trousers everywhere!!!!

      • Jawa_Fetish

        I hope so too.

    • Jimmy Griffin

      I was hoping when they announced the director shake up on Solo that it would get pushed back to December, but I don’t think it’s going to happen. I hate to say it, but 6 months between movies is way too short for a live action SW movie. It isn’t fair to either movie.

      • CT-7567

        Agreed. It also has an adverse effect on the toy lines for each film.

    • CT-7567

      With TLJ in December, May is too soon. For the movie and the toys. I’m going to try and not get Solo toys, but I don’t want to get a small TLJ line(like RO which really deserved a large line) because the Solo stuff is coming so soon.

      • General Hux

        I’ll still get the Han toys. Who am I kidding? 🙂 We’re even getting some in TVC.

        • CT-7567

          Han and Lando from the Solo movie on vintage cards is just wrong. Your thoughts on that?

          • General Hux

            Yeah…I’m not huge on that either to be honest.

  • BB-Mate

    Makes sense.

    And the summer blockbuster fatigue must have help with that too.

    • Brian Beck

      the guys on collider just covered this, it has to do with writing and filming, there would be no way to hit may.

      • BB-Mate

        There you go, makes total sense. No rush, just get it right

      • Hazzbro Jonez

        im sure they will have a hurried pace and many reshoots and rewrites and not really think or care about details too much and still release it in december

  • Jason Wood

    Wow!