"Star Wars: Episode VIII" has been pushed back.

Disney announced Wednesday the second in the new trilogy, originally scheduled to hit theaters May 26, 2017, won't come out until Dec. 15, 2017.

That is not acceptable. I need to make some calls.

Disney's news release said, "The move follows the extraordinary success of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens,' which was the first 'Star Wars' movie to premiere in December. In the popular holiday moviegoing corridor, it smashed numerous records, including biggest domestic and global debuts of all time as well as the biggest domestic second and third weekends, en route to becoming the highest grossing domestic release of all time with over $861M and the third biggest global release ever with $1.887B."

Kylo Ren is shown in a scene from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."
Kylo Ren is shown in a scene from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." (Film Frame/Disney/Lucasfilm via AP)

In other words, we'll sell more toys in December.

Disney also announced it will slide "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" into the May 26, 2017 release slot. The Johnny Depp film was scheduled to hit theaters July 7, 2017.

Directed by Rian Johnson, Episode VIII will begin shooting next month in London. The movie will see the return of Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daily Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, and Oscar Isaac.

The move will put the film in direct competition with James Cameron's "Avatar 2," which must make him terribly happy. That film is scheduled to land in theaters on Dec. 25, 2017.


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Meanwhile, "Star Wars: Rogue One" is still on track to be released Dec. 26 of this year. The film will chronicle the story of the group of rebels who steal the plans for the Death Star and occurs between episodes III and IV.

Tony Hicks writes celebrity commentary for the Bay Area News Group. Contact him at Facebook.com/BayAreaNewsGroup.TonyHicks or Twitter.com/tonyhicks67