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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

The internet may be abuzz about Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but the focus has been far ahead of this film for a long time for Lucasfilm. Of course, Solo: A Star Wars Story has been the subject of many a news article this past year, but even beyond that, the studio is looking for the best way to cap off this trilogy.

The task has been given to none other than J.J. Abrams, the man behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a film that most fans seemed to really enjoy. Given that Abrams has been attached for a month or so, they’d likely already be jumping into screenwriting, right?

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Well, maybe. According to Making Star Wars, during the investor’s call following the big announcement of Disney acquiring 21st Century Fox, Disney CEO Bob Iger stated that Abrams was set to pitch Star Wars: Episode IX on December 15 — the same day that The Last Jedi hit theaters.

So what does this mean for the progress? It’s hard to say. Making Star Wars seems to assume that this means that a draft of the script is ready to go, but it’s also possible that Abrams is pitching off a treatment, and will only write the script once he gets the greenlight to do so from Lucasfilm.

All in all, development has officially begun on Star Wars: Episode IX. This comes about one year or so after Lucasfilm had to start over following the death of Carrie Fisher, who was set to be one of the focuses of the film. We’re very interested to see how her absence is worked into the movie.

What do you hope to see from Star Wars: Episode IX? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Making Star Wars

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.