It looks like it’s going to take Lucasfilm more time to work on Star Wars: Episode IX, the third and final film in its Star Wars sequel trilogy.
According to a new report by Star Wars News Net, word on the rumor mill says that Episode IX’s production has been extended into 2019 thanks to rewrites in the film’s script. Several sources tell the publication that alterations are being made to Episode IX’s script while filming goes on, and apparently shooting has been extended for about two months for one set in Pinewood.
“Filming is happening in Jordan and at Pinewood,” one source told the site. “Pinewood sets are filming into next year with one of the sets having been extended to film for an additional two months due to a rewrite.”
Of course, while the extension of the film’s production might sound alarming to some, rewrites in the middle of production aren’t unusual for big blockbuster movies, and that includes those that come from the Star Wars franchise.
This new rumor regarding changes to Episode IX’s script and extensions to the film’s production comes a day after the news that the film would include scenes from Italy, Ireland, and California.
While it’s possible that the studio is filming for entirely new planets in the franchise, these locations have begun sparking some serious speculation that Episode IX would return to places from the prequel and original series including Naboo (Italy), Ahch-To (Ireland), and Endor (California). After all, J.J. Abrams would probably want to have the series make a quick return to iconic planets in a film that’s supposed to serve as a culmination of the three different trilogies of the Star Wars franchise.
Star Wars: Episode IX hits cinemas December 20, 2019.