After Star Wars: The Force Awakens rocked December 2015 to its core, setting over 30 box office records, it was clear the fall/winter month didn't need to be considered a deadzone of Hollywood blockbusters anymore. Eventually, it ran up the score to $2 billion worldwide and just shy of a billion in the U.S. alone.
Soon after, Star Wars: Episode VIII was officially moved from a May 2017 release to a December 2017 release. Now, there were a few other politics and company moves that helped push that along, but the success of Episode VII definitely affected Episode VIII's future. So, it stands to reason that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story being a huge hit on its own (sure, not TFA levels, but still a massive hit and topping 2016 in many categories) would affect the future of the other Star Wars Story movies.
Indeed, that's the new rumor, that the Han Solo standalone film will also move, from May 2018 to December 2018. We think that's a good move, and that Episode IX, originally slated for May 2019, should move, too. In fact, Lucasfilm should just set up shop in December and never leave. Click through for our reasons why.