The news has just broken that Lucasfilm has decided to hire a new writer to take up the screenwriter duties for ‘Star Wars: Episode IX,’ taking the job away from director Colin Trevorrow and his writing partner Derek Connolly, who were originally signed on to write the script.
Before anyone jumps to any conclusions about Colin Trevorrow’s position as director of the final installment of the new trilogy being in a precarious position, we should remember a few things about Lucasfilm and the ‘Star Wars’ films they have released under the Disney umbrella. Aside from ‘The Last Jedi,’ where Rian Johnson is directing and writing and so far has not had anyone else step in to help with rewrites or reshoots (fingers crossed), every film has gone through multiple writers, and multiple reshoots, all in the interest of Lucasfilm and Disney pushing to make sure these films are the absolute best they can possibly be, even if that means stepping on the toes of a few creatives in the process.
In this case, it is very likely that Trevorrow’s summer bomb, ‘The Book of Henry,’ may have made Disney a bit nervous about Trevorrow (or not, this could simply be a coincidence), so they decided to hire British scribe Jack Thorne to work on the ‘Episode IX’ script, which seems like a very savvy decision. The man has good credentials, with franchise and fantasy fans already knowing his work for writing the ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ stage play, which shows he has experience working with beloved characters and continuing on a story that someone else has begun, and appeasing the expectations of fans. He is also working on an adaptation of the novel ‘Sandman’ for Warner Bros, as well as the new Julia Robert/ Jacob Tremblay drama ‘Wonder,’ so the man has been around, and a lot of people in Hollywood clearly recognize his talent.
And with ‘Episode IX’ being an important film in that it is the end of this new trilogy, Lucasfilm and Disney are most likely very keen to end things on the best possible note to keep fans happy and excited for the future, especially if they plan on launching more episodes beyond ‘Episode IX,’ not to mention more standalone films. What are your thoughts on bringing in a new writer? Are you worried that Trevorrow’s job might be in danger? (keep in mind, shooting is not set to begin
What are your thoughts on bringing in a new writer? Are you worried that Trevorrow’s job might be in danger? (keep in mind, shooting is not set to begin until January 2018) Share your theories and opinions in the comments section below!