Disney pushed back the release date of “Star Wars Episode VIII” from May 26, 2017 to December 15, 2017, seeing as the December release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was so successful. According to Disney, it would allow them to capitalize on “popular holiday moviegoing corridor.” However, some reports indicate that the real reason for the delay was rewrites in the script.
Borys Kit of The Hollywood Reporter made a series of posts on his Twitter account, providing reasons behind the date change. “Obviously the December date worked out very (very) well for them but I’ve also heard they are rewriting the script, I’ve heard from several sources the rewrites are positive, based on audience reaction to the new characters. People loved them. So strongly. And Lucasfilm was surprised at how well they were received, according to several sources.”
It seems that Rian Johnson and the executives at Disney and Lucasfilm have taken into account the solid reception of the new lead characters Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) by young audiences and they will now obviously have their roles expanded.
As noted by Screencrush during the latest episode of Meet the Movie Press podcast, Jeff Sneider of The Wrap reports that Rian Johnson may be rewriting a bit of the Episode VIII screenplay in order to minimize the roles of two new female characters. “I said before there were two young female roles, now I actually heard that the rewrite will make these roles smaller. They want to get to know better the characters they already have. So the new rewrite is shrinking the new roles in order to spend more time with Rey, Poe and so on.”
This makes sense as Rey, Poe and Finn have just been introduced and the audience, as is apparent from their reaction and acceptance of the new leads, wants to discover more about these new characters and their relationships with each other.
Fans are mostly interested in finding out about Rey’s parentage, the hero of “The Force Awakens.” There are many theories doing the rounds – some think that Rey is the daughter of either Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), or Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher). Another theory is that she could also be related to Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness/Ewan McGregor). Meanwhile, some think Finn is the son of Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams) who was a character from “Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi.”
These questions and more will be answered when the yet untitled “Star Wars” Episode VIII releases in December 2017.
I’ve heard from several sources the rewrites are positive, based on audience reaction to the new characters. People loved them.
— Borys Kit (@Borys_Kit) January 20, 2016