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Disney may have finally realized moving the Star Wars films out of December is a silly idea.
For reasons I never could quite understand, following Star Wars Episode VIII in Dec. 2017, the films would move to May release dates with the young Han Solo film slated for May 25, 2018. This was problematic for a number of reasons, but one of the big ones was how to promote two films at once.
You may notice that no promotion has been done for Episode VIII yet. That was because you shouldn’t distract from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. We should see press roll out in the next two months. With a six month window between films, how would you pull this off?
Secondly, why in the world would you move to the crowded summer slate? Rogue One is not doing the same money as The Force Awakens, but it already stands as the second most successful December release in history after only three weeks. There is no logical reason to change this winning formula after three films. Stay in December and just own that month like no one else ever has.
With all of this in mind, Making Star Wars is starting to hear that the young Han Solo movie has quietly been moved to a Dec. 13, 2018 release date. This is not official yet, but it makes an endless amount of sense to me. Stay in the month you already control, there’s no reason to move to May and then end up competing with Disney’s Marvel movies. The studio would be cutting its own throat for no good reason.
I’ll keep an eye on this, but my gut tells me the December release date is happening.
Source: Making Star Wars .