The release of Star Wars: Episode IX is set to premiere in December of 2019 instead of that May. Disney has pushed back the release date after it was announced that J.J. Abrams would be the new director, taking over for Colin Trevorrow.
The original release of the Star Wars movies was in May, and the May 24, 2019 date for Episode IX was a return to May releases. A pushback for the release date occurred in 2015 for The Force Awakens. Abrams took over screenwriting responsibilities with Lawrence Kasdan. Instead of being released in the summer, it was pushed back to December.
In 2016, the same thing happened when the director Rian Johnson asked for more time. Episode VIII was supposed to release in May of 2016, but ended up being pushed back to December. Even Rogue One was released in December of 2016.
The December releases of the Star Wars films have seen massive success at the box office. It could be a new holiday season tradition.
[via The Verge]