The ninth chapter of the Skywalker saga is getting a rewrite. Jack Thorne, who wrote the Julia Roberts & Jacob Tremblay movie Wonder, has been brought in by Lucasfilm to work on the script for the Colin Trevorrow directed and untitled Star Wars: Episode IX, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Previously Trevorrow and his writing partner Derek Connolly worked on a script for the film, but reportedly the studio wanted a fresh set of eyes brought in. There is no word on if this will be a situation where Thorne just tightens up and builds upon their previous work or if this will be a more massive sort of rewrite.
Depending on if previous reports pan out, Thorne won’t have a lot of time as it was reported that the studio was hoping to begin filming the final entry in their new Star Wars trilogy in January 2018.
Following the death of Carrie Fischer last year reports began to surface that Trevorrow had begun working on some fixes to the script to reflect the fact that General Leia will not be able to appear in the film. It’s possible that the changes just were not enough and the studio wanted someone else to take a swing at making the film work better for what they want it to be going forward.
Changes of this nature are not really that odd in the Star Wars universe at this point following J.J. Abbrams and Lawrence Kasdan taking over from Michael Arndt to write the Force Awakens script, all the reshoot issues that came with Rogue One and the recent change where Ron Howard took over the untitled Han Solo film directing from Chris Miller and Phil Lord.
Changes are not a reason to get too concerned, as both Force Awakens and Rogue One were more than well received once they hit the big screen.
Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to release on May 24, 2019.