Earlier today, Episode VIII director Rian Johnson shared a picture via Instagram that indicated he had begun the editing process for the sequel to The Force Awakens. Over the weekend, it also came out that John Williams would soon begin working on the score for the film.
I’m here to tell you right now that Episode VIII is coming out May 26th of next year, not December! In case anyone has forgotten, next year is the 40th anniversary of Star Wars. I highly doubt Disney would overlook such an important date as this. I submit for evidence the timing of Episode VII: Filming ended November 2014 with Williams beginning score work in December and through June 2015. In August of 2015, while working on post production and editing, JJ Abrams estimated the running time around 125 minutes. Williams began recording the score in June and finished in November. By comparison, the recently released Star Trek Beyond started filming in June 2015 and concluded in October 2015 – releasing this past July. Keep in mind, this all transpired after replacing the original director with Justin Lin and scraping most of the script.
If you pull out a calendar and start looking ahead, it certainly seems like Episode VIII is egregiously AHEAD of schedule when compared to The Force Awakens. Principal photography ended in June and now Johnson is editing?! Indeed, very interesting.
One more interesting tidbit is: currently scheduled for release on May 26th is Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales.” Is it plausible to think that Disney may switch Star Wars with Pirates? Think of the marketing and revenue this would bring for both Disney and Lucasfilm! It’s pure genius and would be ‘classic’ Disney Magic. Just remember where you heard it first, thecantinacast.com!
May the Force be with you, Tom