Lucasfilm has a new director and a new writer on board Star Wars: Episode IX.
Posting on the official Star Wars website, the studio has just recently named J.J. Abrams as Episode IX’s new director after firing the project’s previous helmsman, Colin Trevorrow, over “creative differences” last week.
That’s not all. Argo and Justice League scribe, Chris Terrio has also been named as one of the co-writers of the sequel trilogy installment, replacing Jack Thorne who was hired while Trevorrow was still attached to the project.
Best known for the Harry Potter and The Cursed Child stageplay, Thorne was brought in about a month ago to rewrite the Episode IX screenplay written by Trevorrow. Now, with a new director taking Trevorrow’s place in the project, it seems like Lucasfilm’s decided o have Thorne replaced as well, making way for a new creative team.
There’s no knowing what exactly happened to Thorne, but it’s quite obvious that the studio wanted a fresh start for the final chapter of the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Though all these sackings has added to the controversy that Lucasfilm’s been swimming in after it laid off Han Solo directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller back in June, it’s great to see the studio making safer choices by having Abrams and Terrio team up for Episode IX.
Star Wars: Episode IX is scheduled for release on May 24, 2019. The next Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi, hits cinemas December 15, 2017.