Disney pushes back STAR WARS EPISODE IX to December 2019; Dates ALADDIN, ARTEMIS FOWL and NICOLE for 2019

Just after J.J. Abrams was announced as the writer and director of STAR WARS: EPISODE IX, the final chapter in the modern trilogy, the film’s release date has been shifted to accommodate the change. Previously set for a May 29, 2019 release, the ninth STAR WARS film in the Skywalker Saga will now arrive in theaters on December 20, 2019.

That actually puts the closing chapter in line with Abrams’ own STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS and the upcoming Rian Johnson effort, STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI. Both of those films opened just before the Christmas holiday in 2015 and 2017 respectively, so this will tie a nice bow on the whole thing.

Check out the official reveal of the new release date below:

This puts STAR WARS: EPISODE IX right in the middle of an already busy month. Warner Bros. currently has the Patty Jenkins-helmed WONDER WOMAN II slated for a STAR WARS-less December 13, 2019 release. In the very same weekend as STAR WARS: EPISODE IX‘s debut–for the moment is Universal’s WICKED musical movie. Sony/Columbia currently has their MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE re-do set for Wednesday, December 18, 2019.

Expect all of this to shuffle around except for STAR WARS: EPISODE IX which will likely reign supreme. The move gives Abrams plenty of time to shape his vision of the saga’s final chapter, but it’s also a massive flag planted in the end-of-the-year, holiday box office ground. (Oh and there’s also the Star Wars theme parks opening in 2019, by coincidence.)

Disney also added the following changes to their release date schedule, providing changes for some release dates and whole new films for others:

ALADDIN is the main mover here. It was Disney’s previously untitled live-action fairy tale film slated for a December 20, 2019 release; now that STAR WARS: EPISODE IX occupies that spot, Guy Ritchie‘s take on the animated classic will be moving up to STAR WARS’ former May opening. One title that didn’t fare as well is MAGIC CAMP, a Mark Waters-directed live-action comedy that follows a struggling magician who returns as a counselor to the title camp in order to spark up his career once more. This title, previously slated for an April 6, 2018 release, is currently without a release date despite the fact that it’s finished its production. The film stars Adam Devine in the lead with Jeffrey Tambor playing his mentor; Gillian Jacobs and Aldis Hodge also star in the family comedy.

Marc Forster‘s UNTITLED CHRISTOPHER ROBIN FILM, which stars Ewan McGregor as the adult version of the (un)title character alongside Hayley Atwell, opens in August of 2018. There’s also ARTEMIS FOWL, Kenneth Branagh‘s adaptation of the sci-fi/fantasy novels from Irish author Eoin Colfer, which follows up in August of 2019. NICOLE, which might not be the best name sans marketing, is Disney’s “Santa Claus’ daughter” movie starring Anna Kendrick as Nicole Claus, who inherits the family business. Writer-director Marc Lawrence helms the holiday film for a November 2019 release.

Here’s a look at the current schedule for these specific Disney releases:

MAGIC CAMP – TBD
UNTITLED CHRISTOPHER ROBIN FILM – August 3, 2018
ALADDIN – May 24, 2019
ARTEMIS – August 9, 2019
NICOLE – November 8, 2019
STAR WARS: EPISODE IX – December 20, 2019

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