With yesterday’s news of Star Wars: Episode VIII getting postponed until December 15, 2017, there have been more than a few fans and critics arguing that it’s a good move.

They’ll tell you it’s good for marketing and it will give the filmmakers more time to get it right. They’ll also say things like, “What’s the big deal? We used to have to wait three years or more.”

Well, I’m going to tell you why you should be worried, scared, and shaking in terror right now. Like me.

Ok, that’s a bit melodramatic.

But seriously, though…When filmmakers are given more time to complete a film, the end result is not always better. It leaves more time to second guess creative decisions and to make awkward last minute edits. As Lucas once quoted, “Art is never finished…only abandoned.”

We all saw how that worked out for the Special Editions.

Greedo Shoots First

They have been working on the script for Episode 8 for a while now and principle photography starts next month. Even with the recent tweaks, I simply do not see a rationale for adding seven more months to the production schedule other than Disney not wanting their shiny new “Space Opera” to compete with their “Super Underwear Guy” Summer movies.

Basically, the extra time is not going to be used for pre-production, where the extra time would benefit the film the most; it’s going into post, where all the bad things happen.

As it was once said, “There’s many a slip ‘twixt a cup and a lip…”

Let’s hope Rian Johnson doesn’t have slippery hands.

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  • Curt Homan

    I think what you devout Star Wars fans fail to realize is just how much money Disney invested in this franchise. Even though SW7 is the highest grossing movie of all time Disney has yet to make back what it paid for Lucas Films.
    Hard as it is to believe, Disney wanted more than it has gotten in returns from SW7. Disney wanted to have the same kind of cultural phenomenon that the original Star Wars had in 1977. A movie every one saw and talked about for years. What they seem to have gotten is a movie that has kept the die hard fans happy but not gotten a whole new generation of fans to become die hard fans, at least not in the numbers they hoped for. More people have seen Avatar. Most people just thought the movie was “pretty good”.
    Disney has billions riding on this, they have plans to build theme park attractions, tv shows, toys and of course many more movies. They are going to try and rejigger what they have done in hopes that they can get more devout fans like you rather than appease the ones they bought when they bought Lucas Films.

    • StarWarsOutpost

      I’m pretty sure most diehard fans know exactly the kind of money Disney forked out; it was highly publicized. The point of this article was simply to dispel any notions that this decision was to make a higher quality film, when in fact the additional production time may actually backfire on them if they are not careful.