In unsurprising news, Star Wars: Episode IX has shifted its release date to December 20th 2019.
Following on from the announcement that J.J Abrams is to return to conclude the trilogy he kickstarted with The Force Awakens, Lucasfilm have confirmed that Episode IX will now be pushed back to December – allowing Abrams and new screenwriter Chris Terrio time to start writing from scratch.
That move might cause a few Warner Bros. executives to have sleepless nights as it now puts the story in direct competition with Wonder Woman 2 – which might not fancy going toe to toe with Star Wars.
The new date for Episode IX was just one of the various release slots announced or confirmed by Disney, with Guy Ritchie's live-action Aladdin landing on 24 May 2019 (replacing the Star Wars entry), Marc Forster's Christopher Robin movie expected in August 2018, Ken Branagh's adaptation of Artemis Fowl scheduled for August 2019 and the Santa Claus daughter pic, now known as Nicole, aiming for 8 November 2019. Less lucky is comedy Magic Camp, which had been set for an April 2018 release but is now without a date.