‘Star Wars Episode IX’ Gets a New Writer

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brian-mcgee - August 2, 2017

Pop quiz hot shot: You rush into production on a bunch of Star Wars movies without really thinking them through first. You throw the concluding chapter of the trilogy to a guy whose only real contribution to another franchise was making the dinosaurs bigger and faster. He's now bungled the script for your final Star Wars movie... What do you do?

Welp, if you're Disney, you certainly don't pump the brakes and say, "You know, maybe we rushed through our decision making process and we should slow things down." You just hire another writer to fix all the problems with the script you've already paid for. I know I'm casting aspersions on Disney and Lucasfilm here, but the main thing we've learned over the last few months is that they're moving too fast for their own good and are having to do lots of rapid course correction.

Such is the case with Star Wars Episode IX. Lucasfilm hired Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow to write and direct the concluding chapter of the newest saga, but word on the street is that they're not thrilled with the script he turned in. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Treverrow and co-writer Derek Connolly's script will be getting an overhaul from Brit writer Jack Thorne, who has a number of television writing credits and also penned the upcoming adaptation of Wonder

Lucasfilm claims that "a fresh set of eyes was needed" on the script, which is Hollywood speak for, "your script sucks, we need to fix it now." Most people weren't happy with the announcement of Trevorrow as director mainly because his take on Jurassic World was "Let's do the first movie over again, but bigger. And dumber. No, even dumber. Still too smart, keep going." Those reservations about him boiled over earlier this summer when his latest film The Book of Henry got savaged by critics thanks to its absolutely bonkers plot. 

Kathleen Kennedy showed that she's not afraid to replace directors mid-shoot, so if everyone's so in love with Rian Johnson's take on The Last Jedi, why not just let him finish out the trilogy? Why take the risk of having another fiasco present itself once shooting has already begun? I get that Lucasfilm has literal dump trucks full of money at their disposal, but throwing money at a problem isn't always going to work. Sooner or later, the bottom's gonna drop out of this thing and they really need to put some effort into getting out in front of that prospect. 

We'll keep you up to date with the latest, but what do you guys think? Is this another overreaction on their part? Is this production doomed before it even starts? Let us know in the comments section below!

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