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“Star Wars: Episode VIII,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” Shift Release Dates


If you left “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” eagerly anticipating “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” you’re going to have to wait a little while longer. Disney has announced that the film has moved release dates from May 26, 2017 to December 15, 2017. In turn, fellow Disney franchise film “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” has moved up a few weeks into that May 26, 2017 slot. It was previously scheduled for July 7, 2017.

Disney’s press release cites the “extraordinary success of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens'” as the reason for the shift, and it’s hard to quibble at this point with the “Star Wars in December” formula. “The Force Awakens” opened last month on Dec. 18, and has already become the highest-grossing domestic release of all time, along with breaking just about every opening weekend record. Every previous Star Wars film opened in May.

“Star Wars: Episode VIII” will be written and directed by Rian Johnson, and is scheduled to start shooting next month in London. Joachim Rønning will direct “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” which features the return of Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush and Orlando Bloom, plus Javier Bardem as a new villain, Captain Salazar.


  • Nap60

    At least now idiots wont be saying Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is in trouble

  • 1025x

    I’m ok with this having more time.

  • red vector

    I had the feeling this was going to happen. May 2017 seemed too quick of a turn around for Episode VIII.

  • NonyNony

    I honestly didn’t even realize it was slated for a May release. I just assumed it would be an every two year Christmas cycle for the new movies.

  • PretenderNx01

    I remember people complaining that Star Wars was always in May and it could bad for TFA opening in December. :p

    Really, people will get out and see something if they are interested.

  • PretenderNx01

    I had forgotten that too, I thought every year was also every Christmas-ish opening.

  • Unretributed

    Good, I’ve been waiting too long for some more pirates and I don’t care for Star Wars much.

  • Red_Five_Standing_By

    LAME! I was looking forward to Star Wars!!!

  • ziza9

    Fiending for more of the main Star Wars story. But I can wait. Didn’t even know they were dusting off the Pirates story again.

  • butters911

    Johnny Depp needed a new island

  • The Force is Strong

    Star Wars owns December

  • red vector

    More like regurgitating it.

  • Sean

    So I guess we’ll be getting Pirates 5’s teaser trailer in early December 2016 ?

  • Sean

    So I guess we’ll be getting Pirates 5’s teaser trailer in early December 2016 ?