Star Wars: Episode IX gets a new writer


Trouble may be brewing for Star Wars: Episode IX as a new writer has been chosen…

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that director Colin Trevorrow’s writing partner Derek Connolly is being replaced British writer Jack Thorne to re-write the script for Star Wars: Episode IX. According to THR, Thorne has experience in writing for both television and film.

"Thorne is the creator or co-creator of several British television shows, dramas and thrillers, including The Fades, The Cast-Offs, The Last Panthers and National Treasure."

Trevorrow and Connolly had already written the first draft of Episode IX, which was based on a treatment from Star Wars: The Last Jedi director — Rian Johnson.

Jack Thorne has also written scripts for His Dark Materials and Philip K. Dick’s Electric Sheep for the BBC. Whether these two treatments prepared Thorne for writing the script to the final film in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, has yet to be seen.

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With the recent chaos from the Lord and Miller exit of the untitled Han Solo film, and before that, the fact that Lucasfilm brought on a director to help Gareth Edwards re-shoot some scenes for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, this new development with Episode IX only further causes concerns over perceived cracks in the Disney/Lucasfilm Foundation.

For now, the next Star Wars film on deck is The Last Jedi, directed by Rian Johnson, and set to hit theaters on December 15.

We want to hear from you: Does this news about replacing the writer for Episode IX concern you at all? Or do you have complete faith in Lucasfilm’s vision for the final film in the sequel trilogy? Let’s discuss in the comments below.