With Star Wars: The Last Jedi just a few more months away from release, Disney and Lucasfilm are already looking to get a head start on Star Wars: Episode IX. Though production has yet to start, the film is already seeing a few changes in the writing staff.
According to a new report, Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connelly‘s script will be getting a rewrite from Wonder writer Jack Thorne. More on the story below.
According to THR, Trevorrow and Connelly have both been writing the script for quite some time. However, those close to the story say that the script needed “a fresh pair of eyes.” It’s not clear what Thorne will be working on to improve the script.
Trevorrow and Connelly were brought in to write the script as soon as it was announced that the former would be directing. Getting a new writer before the start of production isn’t anything new. Normally, writers that are brought in at this stage are there to address some issues with the script and give it a polish.
But the move comes at a time when Trevorrow’s latest film, The Book of Henry, was panned by critics and tanked at the box office, putting Trevorrow’s readiness into question. However, it appears that Trevorrow isn’t going anywhere and the script is just going to get a lookover and a rewrite.
As for Thorne, he’s a relatively new writer who is responsible for creating British TV shows like The Fades, The Cast-Offs, The Last Panthers, and National Treasure. In addition, he has also written a couple of screenplays which include the aforementioned Wonder, starring Owen Wilson and Julia Roberts, plus Warner Bros.’ upcoming adaptation of Sandman.
This wouldn’t be the first time that a Star Wars film has seen a few behind-the-scenes changes. Michael Arndt’s Episode VII script was infamously revamped by J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, which led to The Force Awakens. Then there was the heavily covered Rogue One: A Star Wars Story reshoots, which saw Tony Gilroy being brought in to rewrite the script and oversee some of the reshoots. Most recently, Phil Lord and Chris Miller were let go from their duties as the directors of the still untitled Han Solo movie. They were eventually replaced by Ron Howard.
So, in reality, there is really nothing to see here. Again, a writer coming in when the film is still being developed isn’t anything new. Star Wars: Episode IX will hit theaters on May 24, 2019.