Star Wars Episode 8 was originally scheduled for release in May 2017 before it was pushed back to December 2017 very recently. While the movie has been delayed, that certainly hasn’t pushed the filming schedule back by too much, as Star Wars Episode 8 has now started filming.
Star Wars: Rogue One is set to release later this year, but the next mainline entry in the series is the movie that everyone is dying to see after how good The Force Awakens was. This made the decision for a delay somewhat disappointing, but very understandable as well, as JJ Abrams is not in the director’s chair this time though, instead passing the duties over to Rian Johnson.
Around the time of the movie’s delay, it was revealed that principal photograph was being pushed back by a few weeks, though it wasn’t too long, as the cameras have already starting rolling for Star Wars Episode 8.
This news come courtesy of Disney CEO Bob Iger, via Entertainment Weekly, in their quarterly earnings call, where he of course had to talk a lot about the massive success of Star Wars. He went on to speak about upcoming movies, such as how Rogue One was “virtually completed,” before moving onto the next few movies as well.
“Filming of Star Wars: Episode VIII, the next chapter of the legendary saga, has just commenced and it will be in theaters December 2017. And production of Episode IX, a 2019 release, has also begun.”
The mention that Episode 9 is in production is kind of interesting, but this likely just means some sort of scripting process, rather than any sort of filming. I’m sure most of the production will be kept under wraps like with The Force Awakens, but hopefully we’ll get some details about locations and such as we get deeper into filming of Star Wars Episode 8.