“Star Wars: Episode VIII” Gets A Release Date; First “Star Wars” Spin Off Movie To Be Called “Rogue One”

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Today during a Disney shareholder meeting, Bob Iger, announced the release date of “Star Wars: Episode VIII” will be May 26, 2017. He also confirmed that Rian Johnson (“Looper”) is set to director the next sequel in the new “Star Wars” trilogy.

Since every “Star Wars” movie has always been released in May, Disney and Lucafilm originally planned a May release date for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” They soon realized that there was not enough time for J J Abrams to adequately work and edit the final cut of the film to release it this May and the movie was pushed back to December 18, 2015. Having “Star Wars: Episode VIII” is a welcome return for fans and “Epidsode VIII” will actually be released 40 years and 1 day from the original release date of “Star Wars,” which was released on May 25, 1977.

Bob Iger wasnt done there. He also revealed the title for the first “Star Wars” spin off movie will be titled: “Star Wars: Rogue One.”

Rogue One is the title for the first film in a unique series of big-screen adventures that explores the characters and events beyond the core Star Wars saga. Rogue One will be directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla) and written by Oscar nominee Chris Weitz (Cinderella, About a Boy, Antz). The first actress cast is Felicity Jones, who garnered an Academy Award nomination and critical acclaim for her performance in The Theory of Everything. The idea for the story of Rogue One came from John Knoll, an Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor and chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic.

Source: StarWars.com

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Jared Hymas
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Jared Hymas

I don’t think this news surprises anybody the only thing I take out of this is that the first spinoff is called Rogue One and is potentially centered around Felicity Jones. I can’t wait for Episode 7 though!

Joe Hogarty
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Joe Hogarty

I was a little surprised about the title of the spin-off. I have been talking about the spin-off, another sites too, and it sounded like it was going to be a heist movie with a bunch of bounty hunters and possibly include a young Han Solo and Boba Fett. I do like the idea of a Rogue Squadron. Just give me a lot of space battles and I’ll be happy. Another thing that surprised me is Iger didn’t mention the one Star Wars attraction.

Jared
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Jared

Yeah I had heard that about the Han Solo and Boba Fett movie, and that would have been awesome! And I guarantee Disney would make money hands over fists with that movie, as all the Star Wars fanboys would turn out. I hope they do make that movie, but I get the feeling that Disney is more eager to develop their own Star Wars characters.

Scott Dolan
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Scott Dolan

Hey Joe, just saw this this morning. Not sure if you’d come across it yet. Looks like we may finally get the original cuts on Blu-ray finally! http://epicstream.com/news/Disney-To-Release-Original-Unaltered-Cut-Of-Star-Wars-Trilogy-On-Blu-ray

Joe Hogarty
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Joe Hogarty

Thanks Scott! I really hope this is true. Will have to check the sources on this and see if it is legit or wishful thinking. I have read stuff like this before and then Disney or Lucasfilm will deny it. This would be my dream come true. The biggest problem is FOX. There are fans of the Special Editions who say that we will be very disappointed if we have to accept the special effects of the original movies. They said Lucas did a great job cleaning up the special effects and yeah, I agree, to a point. But there… Read more »

Scott Dolan
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Scott Dolan

I actually couldn’t agree with you more on ANY of that, Joe. While I’m not adverse to the new versions, I do miss the originals in all their glory. They are what we grew up with. What galls me most about Jedi is the horrible transfer to Blu-ray. IMO, that’s even worse than the additions you mentioned (which are horrendous).

And yes, we’ve heard this before. I’m as skeptical as you, but thought it was worth bringing to your attention. Fingers crossed, right?

Jared
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Jared

My personal favorite is the totally mobile and realistic looking Jabba the Hutt in A New Hope, who in the space of a few years turns into a giant slug incapable of moving (granted he was also equally mobile in the Clone Wars cartoon series, but still growing up watching the movies I had this vision of Jabba as a giant fat slug that had a platform to move him around…)

Scott Dolan
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Scott Dolan

I agree, Jared. I’d think that you, Joe, and myself would agree that the additions to IV were actually quite good. I also thought the cloud city additions in Empire were outstanding. Where things really went over the side of the cliff were in Jedi. The only decent thing they added there was the Bantha herd scene. Aside from that, it was all pretty awful. Scrubbing out the “yo mama!” quip, the music sequence in Jabba’s lair, “NOOOOO!”, the ending musical sequence, Anakin… I don’t know if either of you saw, or remember, this. But before the “special edition” of… Read more »

Joe Hogarty
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Joe Hogarty

Yes that Jabba was horrible. He looked a lot better in the Blu-ray release but the original Special Edition was awful. Still not needed at all. Empire had a couple of weird choices. Like the guy in the new Wampa costume. Yeah, he looked better but they still had the old Wampa in that scene too. The part that annoys me is when Vader is leaving Bespin and he says, bring me my shuttle. It’s slow and the music doesn’t match the rest of the music that is playing before and after. And Luke falling after he finds out that… Read more »

Jared
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Jared

However, if there was one good thing that came from the Special Edition it was this website http://nooooooooooooooo.com/ featuring a button to push only in times of dire need