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THR: Star Wars: Episode IX gets new writer

There’s this song and dance fans of Disney and Lucasfilm have become accustomed to: Star Wars film announced, gets into production, then — BAM, rewrites and reshoots, on top of directorial changes and splits due to “creative differences.”


The process of making a Star Wars film in this day and age doesn’t sound kind to the ears if you’re a director (see: Han Solo spin-off film). While Star Wars: The Last Jedi has undergone a smoother process with director Rian Johnson, who also wrote the script, the untitled Episode IX, directed by Colin Trevorrow, is getting a new writer for its script.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, sources said writer Jack Thorne was brought on board to refine a script already written by Trevorrow and Derek Connolly. However, it remains unclear how much of the script will be rewritten.

On one hand, I told myself, “Here we go again.”

On the other hand, there’s nothing wrong with a fresh pair of eyes. While production is expected to begin January 2018, it could be a benefit that the film hit the ground running while rewrites happen now.

Episode IX is expected to release on May 24, 2019.


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