On 15th December 2017, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures will release the eighth episode in the Star Wars Saga. Today is May the Fourth 2016, and that is a good time to collate everything known about Star Wars: Episode VIII. From the above video, announcing production, Star Wars: Episode VIII would seem to begin immediately after the ending of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, with Rey giving Luke Skywalker his lightsaber. The featured director, Rian Johnson, has also written the screenplay.
In an interview with Wired, Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens co-screenwriter J. J. Abrams explained how Star Wars: Episode VIII was pre-produced during post-production of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens:
The script for [Star Wars: Episode] VIII is written. I’m sure rewrites are going to be endless, like they always are. But what Larry [Lawrence Kasdan, Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens co-screenwriter] and I did was set up certain key relationships, certain key questions, conflicts. And we knew where certain things were going. We had meetings with Rian and Ram Bergman, the producer of [Star Wars: Episode] VIII. They were watching dailies when we were shooting our movie. We wanted them to be part of the process, to make the transition to their film as seamless as possible. I showed Rian an early cut of the movie, because I knew he was doing his rewrite and prepping. And as executive producer of [Star Wars: Episode] VIII, I need that movie to be really good. Withholding serves no one and certainly not the fans. So we’ve been as transparent as possible.
The Washington Post claims that Greg Grunberg (who portrayed Temmin Wexley in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens), a frequent collaborator of Abrams, claims that Johnson’s screenplay made Abrams regret not directing Star Wars: Episode VIII.
In January, Vogue interviewed John Boyega – FinN-2187 of the Sequel Trilogy (of-which Star Wars: Episode VIII is the middle act) – described Johnson’s screenplay as
great. Much darker
Star Wars Episodes traditionally are given a subtitle (for instance: Star Wars: Episode VII was subtitled “The Force Awakens“). Star Wars: Episode VIII does not yet have a confirmed subtitle, but is expected to be given a subtitle eventually.
Star Wars: Episode VIII will begin playing 17th December 2017.