J.J. Abrams' 'Star Wars: Episode IX' Moved To December 2019

I hate to say I told ya so, but this one was a chip shot. Earlier today Lucasfilm convinced J.J. Abrams to return to write and direct Star Wars: Episode IX, taking over from the departed Colin Trevorrow. With that it seemed obvious some things would change on the release front, especially when no date was mentioned in the studio's press release. And now we know the film has been bumped from its release date by seven months.

Star Wars: Episode IX will now open on December 20th 2019, while Disney's live-action Aladdin takes the previous May 24th slot.  This makes the most sense considering Abrams and co-writer Chris Terrio appear to be starting over, the same way Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan did when they scrapped Michael Arndt's Star Wars: The Force Awakens script.

By the way, the December 20th date pits Star Wars against the forever-developing Wicked adaptation, and one week after Wonder Woman 2.