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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

  • Rolta

    I fear making it up as you get along only really works when you have a single creator and when that creator is in a moment of genius or at least in a rich vein of inspiration. The story in that case would be working in their unconscious.

    Not like this Disney Wars. This is all made up bollocks just like Lost was. It’s partly this guy’s fault and partly the knob-who-hated-his-ideas-and-threw-them-all-off-a-cliff’s fault. The lack of cohesion and abundance of fake mysteries certainly feels like lost. Most of all it must be Kathleen Kennedy’s fault. It’s such a shame.

    Because why the hell would you set out to make a trilogy and then make two films while still having no idea how you end it.

    • Ian Finnimore

      Lost was despicable – the attitude was just as bad as what Rian has done.

      As fans we all speculated that the characters were in purgatory – in season 1 – but J.J & co said “no, no your wrong just keep watching” 6 loooong seasons later they WERE in purgatory, with alot of flip flopping along the way. He did the same with Star Trek: into Darkness – we asked if the villain was supposed to be Khan – he said no certainly not but …

      I watched it weekly from beginning to end & after season 2 you could feel the dangling carrot being pulled away time & time again ….

      They are told that they are creative geniuses so they refuse to diverge from what THEY want over what the characters in the story require.

      I JUST found out that they shot an epilogue to Lost set after the finale (they say because of runtime issues) clearing up some dangling threads – in 6 seasons your still leaving plot holes??

      You wanna talk about fan entitlement etc how about the stupid writers?

      They present interesting concepts & tease answers but they rarely push ideas into WOW moments anymore – lots of fake outs.

  • Behemothrex

    Man I feel bad for JJ, he set up some great mysteries in Force Awakens, and the next guy fumbles and destroys the Star Wars Universe, how do you come back from that?

    • Rolta

      It’s a shame he forgot to make a cohesive film that made any sense while he was setting up those mysteries he had no answers for.

      • Kindofabigdeal

        He was going off of the Lucas school of film making of just making it up as he went along. It’s not his fault that the next person he handed it off to completely threw everything out.
        It’s like a campfire story where the next person takes over after you. So you start off with “The campers were all tucked away in their tents. When all of the sudden they hear a howl in the woods.”
        Then the next person comes up with “It turns out it was only a squirrel which they quickly cut in half. Then a chick comes out of the woods and squizzes some milk out of her tit.”
        What is the next guy supposed to do?

  • Victor Roa

    oh come on, try to lie better. “This was always the plan.” or “it felt like coming back to family.” Just try.

    • Kindofabigdeal

      Maybe they will CGI Fisher into the next film and have her go Super Jedi 3. Then she can haduken Kylo Ren back to purgatory.

      • Victor Roa

        you joke…. but I did think that…. only because SF2 is in my blood.

  • JF Sebastian

    JJ. Abrams was involved in The Last Jedi as a Producer. So he’s not coming into this cold. Part of his deal was being part of the shepherds of the entire trilogy. He very likely approved (or at least got a vote) TLJ script before it was shot.

    • the50sguystrikesback

      I read an article about about a year ago where J.J. said the script for Episode VIII was so good, he wished HE was directing it.

      • Kindofabigdeal

        Sometimes he thinks HE’S John Wayne.

  • Jasper Oosterveld

    This basically confirms they have no idea what they are doing. JJ creates his story, next guy creates his story and its JJ’s turn again.

  • CrystalClearTruth

    Couldn’t care less now. Ruined Star Trek. Ruined Star Wars. Just get the hell away already, you hack.

  • Kindofabigdeal

    I would have preferred to have a new director come in and then throw out all of the stuff from The Last Jedi.
    DJ turns out to be a grown Ezra. Rose is actually Rey’s sister, who isn’t really the daughters of trash people, but are descendants from a long line of royal nerf herders.
    Poe crashes in battle and has nerve damage and forgets how to fly.
    Finn faces off against Phasma, who dies after he looks at her funny.
    Hux forges a saber and cuts Kylo in half in front of Rey. They then make out and have Jedi/First Order babies.
    Then stable gets trapped in a fighter and destroys the new fully operational Starkiller Base.

  • Deathstroke936

    Reboot the whole thing…!!! (sounds so familiar…)

  • the50sguystrikesback

    Fanboys are just like Kathy Bates in ‘Misery’…
    pissed off at the direction an artist has taken a character or canon.

    Hollywood doesn’t make movies FOR the moviegoer

    A lot of fans didn’t like ‘Justice League’ or ‘Batman v Superman’ either
    and the reason is very simple…Fanboys don’t like CHANGE! (Not in the least)

    And the hypocrisy with ‘Justice League’ is THIS…

    Fans RAKED Zack Snyder over the coals for ‘Batman v Superman’, never even
    acknowledging later that the 30 minutes added to home video version made (what
    was actually) a good movie with a few plot gaps…EVER BETTER.

    Oh noooo…they still hated it.

    Yet..these SAME cry babies are now petitioning WB online to see Snyder’s long, dark
    version of ‘Justice League’. Excuse me, but wasn’t the dark tone what you HATED
    about ‘Batman v Superman’ AND ‘Man of Steel’? Make up your MINDS people. LoL

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.