Disney’s annual shareholder meeting took place today in San Francisco and they took this opportunity to explode the Internet. First, they announced that Star Wars Episode VIII: The One With Four Letters In Its Roman Numeral will be released on May 26, 2017. Disney confirmed the second of the new trilogy will be written and directed by Rian Johnson (Looper, some of the best Breaking Bad episodes). That release date puts it head-to-head with the Lego Batman Movie (assuming they don’t blink…but they will) and right in between Terminator: Genisys 2 (May 19) and Fantastic Four 2 (June 2) if either of those get made (they won’t). And just a few weeks after Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (May 5). Toy Story 4 is still set for June 16 of that year, making it a Disney dominated summer–much like every summer forever it seems. More news after the break.
Disney also announced that the first standalone Star Wars film will be called Rogue One and it will be released on December 16, 2016 (a wide open month for movies so far with only the plagued Assassin’s Creed movie set for release a week later). Rogue One is based on an idea by a visual effects supervisor, John Knoll, and written by Chris Weitz (About A Boy, the new Cinderella). There is still the other standalone movie under top secret development–all we know for sure is that the other is being directed by Josh Trank (the awesome Chronicle).
Frozen 2 was also officially announced, surprising absolutely nobody. Officially, creators Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee along with Josh Gad (Olaf) are the only original members set to return so far, but let’s face it–everybody is coming back. Frozen Fever, the new Frozen short, will play ahead of Cinderella starting tomorrow.