Earlier this week rumors came out that there were rumors of a production delay for Episode VIII, and now the movie has been delayed to December of 2017.
Variety’s Boris Kit tweeted the bad news:
The official Star Wars site confirmed the delay shortly after.
This will put Star Wars right in the path of James Cameron’s Avatar sequel. It’s likely that Fox may move that movie out of its December release date, if possible. If not, the Smurfs of Pandora will be going extinct pretty quickly…