Star Wars fans are going to be waiting a little longer than they thought for Rian Johnson’s Star Wars Episode VIII, which has been moved from it’s planned release date of May 26, 2017 to December 15, 2017, almost seven months later. Quickly filling in the release date in May is Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the fifth installment to the Pirates of the Caribbean series. The move is believed to be a profitable one, since Star Wars: The Force Awakens did so well during the holiday season this past year.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales was originally slated for a July 7, 2017 release date and features Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, Geoffrey Rush returning as Barbossa, Orlando Bloom rising from the depths as Will Turner and the new Captain Salazar played by Javier Sandberg. The film is currently in post-production, compared to Star Wars Episode VIII’s pre-production status.
Disney isn’t the only company changing release dates today as Sony Pictures has also moved around a few of their films. A planned Jumanji remake has been delayed to make way for Spider-Man, which will feature the web slinging hero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Previously set for July 28, 2017, Spider-Man will no release on July 7, 2017 (see a pattern here), which was the original release date for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Tom Holland will star in the film as the title character, with John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein directing.
Jumanji will now be opening on Spider-Man’s former release date of July 28, 2017 rather than Christmas Day. This remake follows the 1995 film starring Robin Williams and Bonnie Hunt.
Are you disappointed or excited about these changes? Which film do you want to see the most?
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