– by Seth McDonald

Traveling through the Star Wars universe hasn’t been the smoothest of journeys for Disney, who purchased Lucasfilm back in 2012. Massive reshoots, late in the shooting process directorial changes, and delayed releases have burdened Disney ever since they set out to bring us fans a new Star Wars trilogy.

The latest bit of chaos to hit Lucasfilm was Colin Trevorrow (Jurrassic World, The Book of Henry, Safety Not Guaranteed) exiting as director on the trilogy’s final installment. And a couple days ago fans learned that J.J. Abrams, who brought the Star Wars universe back by directing the first film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will return to write and direct Episode 9. The film’s release has also been delayed from its intended release in May 2019, to December 2019. As most movie fans are privy to, it isn’t unusual for films, especially ones on the scale of Star Wars to go through rewrites and script revisions. However, the case of Episode 9, is slightly different.

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According to Screen Rant Episode 9 has seen four different major scripts (so far). The first being the initial Trevorrow/Connelly script, followed by the necessary rewrites to deal with the passing of Carrie Fisher, with this revision, Kathleen Kennedy was quoted as saying they more or less started over. Not long before Trevorrow left the film, Jack Throne was brought in to do a rewrite, what, if anything, this rewrite had to do with Trevorrow’s exit, we can only speculate. Lastly come the changes that will be made by J.J Abrams and Chris Terrio, which is hopefully the last staff change for the film.

Even though Disney has had a rough time getting these films made, the end results have been more than acceptable in my opinion, and I fully expect Star Wars: The Last Jedi to continue this trend as it has probably faced the least amount of problems during production. While Abrams played it safe with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I feel that he had to in order to lay the ground work for future films. Other than my plight to get Steven Spielberg to direct a Star Wars film, I can’t think of someone better than J.J. Abrams to come in, especially at this point in the process, and deliver a fine finished product.

How worried are you about Episode 9? Is the film in good hands with J.J. Abrams and Chris Terrio? Let us know in the comments down below.

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Source: Screen Rant


  • axebox

    Whatever happened to Lawrence Kasdan? He was basically the head writer but we haven’t heard anything about him in awhile.

    • Seth McDonald

      I think I remember reading that the Han Solo Anthology film would be his last effort in the Star Wars Universe.

    • echohello

      He only signed on for TFA and Solo (because it’s his favorite character to write).

    • Misutā Supākoru

      and wasn’t it a condition that he put in his contract, e.g. if he wrote for TFA that he could get to write the Han Solo flick?

  • Facebook User

    disney could make a really good film about the drama of making these films

    • Misutā Supākoru

      That’s an excellent idea! and, Disney is not ashamed to mine all of their properties for such stuff; just look at the Mr. Banks introspective into Mary Poppins.
      I would love to see the behind the scenes POV into the writing of the scripts, the temper tantrums, the late-night phone calls from KK to the directors, the directors/writers who are sweating under the gun…would be a fascinating film!

      • Facebook User

        it honestly would make a great series.. id say better than the actual films themselves

  • Misutā Supākoru

    Wasn’t this the case for TFA as well? They had Michael Arndt taking several stabs at it, but apparently never got it right and so they had to bring in Kasdan and then JJ, right?
    I would love to see the evolving drafts of these scripts…

  • donzai

    jj abrams brilliant reboot of the national anthem on south park perfectly exemplifies his star wars remake of a new hope.

  • Fallout Boy!

    The only way this could be good is if Snoke is actually Pennywise. Or Bozo.
    All clowns are grey on the Dark Side.

  • Jannik

    He only signed on for TFA and Solo (because it’s his favorite character to write).