Star Wars: Episode VIII was moved yesterday (January 20) from its original release date of May 26, 2017 to December 15, 2017. The second in the planned trilogy will follow up The Force Awakens, a record-breaking film that, in just over a month, has already become the third highest-grossing box office film of all time behind James Cameron big-hitters, Avatar and Titanic. That move, though, created a huge power vacuum in the film calendar, forcing other film distributors to re-evaluate their own releases and move their own movies around. Here’s all the panicked reshuffling – plus what we know about each movie so far.
1. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales replaces Star Wars
As Disney moved Star Wars back, it moved its other big franchise, PotC, forward from July 7, 2017 to Star Wars‘ original release date of May 26, 2017.
This film features Johnny Depp once more as Captain Jack Sparrow. In it, he is being chased by an old (hitherto unseen) enemy called Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), who has a crew of ghost pirates and wants to kill all the live ones. Jack is chasing the Trident of Poseidon, allowing him to control the seas. It’s got ‘romp’ written all over it.
2. Spider-Man reboot replaces Pirates
After Disney played its own game, it was Sony’s turn. They moved the Spider-Man reboot up from its July 28 slot to Pirates‘ former place on July 7, 2017.
This movie will star former Billy Elliot stage actor Tom Holland as the web-slinging superhero – and you can see him in action early, in this year’s Captain America
film, Civil War. Unlike the past two cinema versions starring Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, this film won’t contain an origin story.
3. Jumanji replaces Spiderman
After Spider-Man got pushed forward, there was space available on July 28 for another bit release, so Sony moved another of their big films, Jumanji up from its previous release date of December 25, 2017.
The remake of the beloved 1995 children’s movie comes just a few years after the death of its star, Robin Williams. E! News branded the remake “unnecessary and kind of insulting.”
4. Terminator sequel gets pulled
Terminator Genisys was announced as the first in a new stand-alone trilogy back in September 2013, but its poor critical reception on its release in June 2015 may have left the future of the other films in the lurch.
The two other films in the trilogy were set for release on May 19, 2017 and June 29, 2018, but the former has now been pulled by distributor Paramount.
5. Baywatch replaces Terminator
Now that Terminator‘s out of the picture for May 19, 2017, Paramount has replaced it with its Baywatch movie, which previously didn’t have a release date. That puts it one week ahead of the new Pirates Of The Caribbean movie.
It stars Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and High School Musical‘s Zac Efron as lifeguards trying to save their beach from environmental damage from an oil tycoon – and it’ll be R-Rated.