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Star Wars Episode VIII Latest News
As you may have heard, Star Wars Episode VIII‘s release date has been delayed by several months, from May 26. 2017 to Dec. 15, 2017. While the logical explanation is that Lucasfilm and Disney probably don’t want to release Rogue One and Episode VIII so close together, and December was a great release month for The Force Awakens, there might be more going on behind the scenes.Â
According to the Meet the Movie Press podcast, director-writer Rian Johnson is going through some heavy rewrites for the film’s script. Apparently, the focus of the rewrites is to make Rey and Finn’s roles bigger, while shrinking some of the newer roles. Hopefully the next draft is better for it!
Star Wars Episode VIII Release Date
Star Wars: Episode VIIIÂ will be released on Dec. 15, 2017, which is almost a full seven months later than its initial release date of May 26, 2017. We have the complete schedule of upcoming Star Wars moviesÂ right here.
Star Wars Episode VIII Director
Rian Johnson is directingÂ Star Wars: Episode VIII. It’s always a good time to remind everyone that he confirmed that news viaÂ his Twitter accountÂ in the best possible way, with a clip from, of all movies,Â The Right Stuff. Nice touch.
â€” Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson)Â June 20, 2014
LooperÂ was an exceptional piece of science fiction, and Johnson certainly fits the mold of some of the other smart young directors that Disney has tapped forÂ Star WarsÂ films, like Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) and Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World).Â
Star Wars Episode VIII Filming
Production began in September in Ireland.Â Initial reports suggested thatÂ Star Wars: The Force AwakensÂ was headed to Skellig Michael for reshoots since J.J. Abrams had done filming for the movie there earlier, but Lucasfilm confirmed that director Rian Johnson (Looper) did filming there forÂ Episode VIII.
According toÂ The Irish Examiner,Â “A crew of around 100 people and cast members, including Mark Hamill who will reprise his Luke Skywalker role, are expected to be on the boats due to leave Portmagee today at 7 am.”
Shooting began in earnest in January 2016 at Pinewood Studios, where it was revealed parts of Skellig Michael had been reproduced for the shoot.Â
In other news, J.J. Abrams’ buddyÂ Greg Grunberg, who plays Resistance pilot Snap Wexley inÂ Star Wars: The Force Awakens, toldÂ Washington PostÂ that Abrams is starting to regret not directingÂ Episode VIII, especially after reading writer-director Rian Johnson’s script for the upcoming installment.Â
Grunberg said, “[Abrams] read it and said something he never, ever says.Â He said: ‘Itâ€™s so good, I wish I were making it.'” Heck of an endorsement for Johnson’s script, eh?