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Episode IX’s new release date is December 20th, 2019

Source: ScreenRant / MakingStarWars

StarWars.com’s Twitter just confirmed that the final chapter of the current Star Wars trilogy has been pushed back to December 20th, 2019. It was slated to hit on May 24th, 2019. This is all thanks to J.J. Abrams returning to direct the film after some recent shake ups.

The film has recently undergone massive changes in the creative team, with Force Awakens helmsman J.J. Abrams stepping in to replace the departed Colin Trevorrow (who left the project last week due to creative differences with Lucasfilm). Abrams is also writing the movie alongside Argo scribe Chris Terrio, which isn’t a surprising development considering the script was the biggest hurdle Trevorrow (and then Jack Thorne) was unable to clear.

That Star Wars 9 saw such an overhaul at this stage in development was somewhat alarming, since the plan was for production on the sequel to begin in January 2018 – four months from this writing – so it could meet its summer 2019 release date. However, Lucasfilm is keen on ending the sequel trilogy on a strong note, and are willing to give Abrams and Terrio more time to crack the story. As was the case with its predecessors, Episode IX will be a holiday affair and arrive in theaters for Christmas.

While next year’s Han Solo anthology movie remains on course for a May premiere, the new era of Star Wars on film has found tremendous success in December. Both The Force Awakens and Rogue One posted monster numbers at the box office, taking advantage of limited competition and waves of positive buzz. This year’s The Last Jedi is also set to dominate multiplexes over the winter, so it isn’t surprising Lucasfilm repositioned Episode IX to replicate that performance.

This also gives the studio another opportunity to put together a massive Force Friday event in fall 2019, unveiling Star Wars 9 merchandise just in time for holiday shopping. As indicated above, there additionally is an artistic reason behind this decision, since Abrams and his team now have some extra breathing room when penning the screenplay. Some will recall Abrams requested Force Awakens be pushed back, so it’s possible something similar happened here. The last thing Lucasfilm wants is to rush a troubled production through for the sake of making a release date.

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J.J. Abrams to write and direct Episode 9

Source: ScreenRant

J.J. Abrams has been hired to direct Star Wars: Episode IX, following the departure of original helmsman Colin Trevorrow. Recently, Lucasfilm made waves when they parted ways with the Jurassic World filmmaker, citing creative differences over the project. Unfortunately for the studio, this was the second such incident they’ve been through in the past few months, as Phil Lord and Chris Miller were infamously fired from the Han Solo anthology movie back in June. Though Lucasfilm’s new Star Wars films have been successful critically and commercially, their numerous director woes have some fans concerned about the stability of the franchise moving forward.

At the time of the Trevorrow announcement, many had presumed a replacement was lined up, especially considering Episode IX‘s schedule. Lucasfilm plans on beginning principal photography in January 2018. Given how fast they brought Ron Howard aboard to take over for Lord and Miller, nobody expected the Star Wars 9 director search to go on for very long, and now they’ve found who is (hopefully) the right person for the job.

In a press release, Lucasfilm announced J.J. Abrams will step in to call the shots on Episode IX, which potentially could be the last installment in the Skywalker saga. With this development, Abrams becomes the only director besides George Lucas to helm multiple films in the franchise. It was also revealed Oscar winner Chris Terrio will co-write the script with Abrams, meaning Jack Thorne (who was brought onboard in August) has been quickly axed. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy had this to say:

“With The Force Awakens, J.J. delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for, and I am so excited that he is coming back to close out this trilogy.”

According to DeadlineLast Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson was initially offered the gig, but declined. This led to the studio reaching out to Abrams, and obviously an agreement was made. While Abrams is most definitely a safe choice, he’s also a logical one at this point in time. With Episode IXundergoing a complete overhaul of its creative team so soon before production starts up, it was a necessity for Lucasfilm to find someone they know works well in their system so they can avoid future issues from arising. Additionally, as the one who started the sequel trilogy, Abrams created several new fan-favorite characters like Rey, Finn, and Kylo Ren, so he should be able to end their respective stories on a resonant and (ideally) high note. Plus, he is a die-hard Star Wars fan and demonstrated a deep understanding for what made the original trilogy so special on Episode VII.

As of now, Episode IX remains on track to commence filming in about four months, so Abrams and Terrio have their work cut out for them if the film is to stay on that trajectory. Fortunately, Abrams has been involved with the development of the sequel trilogy over the past couple of years, serving as an executive producer on Last Jedi and being a member of the brain trust Trevorrow was bouncing ideas off of during his time on the film. This was probably a key factor in his hiring, as he possesses knowledge of the narrative and isn’t just jumping in fresh. Abrams may not have been the first name on many fans’ wish lists, but he has the experience and ability to close the saga out in entertaining fashion – and that’s ultimately what matters most.

Justice League writer replaces Jack Thorne

Source: ScreenRant

Argo and Justice League screenwriter Chris Terrio is co-writing Star Wars Episode IX, replacing recent hiring Jack Thorne. It’s been a dramatic week for the final film of the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Last Tuesday, Colin Trevorrow left the project, leaving a massive director hole on the May 2019 release. He’s now been replaced by J.J. Abrams, who will be both directing and writing the finale to the series he started with The Force Awakens. But that’s not the only change.

A month ago, Jack Thorne, perhaps best known for writing the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child stageplay, was brought on to rewrite Trevorrow’s screenplay. It now appears he too has departed the project as Abrams’ co-writer is someone new.

In the announcement that confirmed J.J.’s return, Lucasfilm also revealed that Chris Terrio will be co-writing the Star Wars 9 script. This means that in addition to getting a new filmmaker behind the camera, there’s an entirely new creative team working on the screenplay.

Terrio won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for his work on Argo. He then followed Ben Affleck, that movie’s star and director, to the DC Extended Universe: he punched up David Goyer’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice script and wrote the original Justice League screenplaybased on a story treatment by himself and Snyder (which has now had rewrites care of Joss Whedon).

The question still remains of what happened to Thorne. He’s a semi-controversial figure in geek culture for his fan-fiction-esque Harry Pottertake (which he worked on with creator J.K. Rowling), but it seems more likely a result of Trevorrow’s departure; reports citing the director as “difficult” also raised story concerns, something that could necessitate a new writer. If so, that may mean Star Wars 9‘s development will be going back to basics with the new hirings.

Terrio will be co-writing with Abrams, who also shared scripting duties on The Force Awakens with Lawrence Kasdan. There the director was the learner, with the Empire and Jedi vet steering the way, but now returning for Episode IX he’s the experienced master, which makes how his and Terrio’s relationship will work intriguing.

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Updated: Director Colin Trevorrow exits Star Wars: Episode 9

Updated: Star Wars 9 Director reportedly fired for being ‘difficult’

Source: ScreenRant

More alleged details concerning Colin Trevorrow’s departure from Star Wars: Episode IX have emerged, implying that the director was “difficult” to work with during the developmental process. Earlier this week, Lucasfilm made waves when they parted ways with the filmmaker, who had been attached to Episode IXfor more than two years. The official press release indicated the age-old “creative differences” were to blame for the split, but as in the curious case of Phil Lord and Chris Miller, many presumed there was more to the story. It didn’t take long for more information to come out.

Shortly after the announcement, reports stated the script was the biggest hurdle Star Wars 9 could not clear, as Trevorrow handed in multiple drafts that apparently did not satisfy the powers that be at Lucasfilm. It was said the Jurassic World helmsman’s relationship with Kathleen Kennedy had become “unmanageable,” giving the studio president no choice but to move on. Based on the latest word, Trevorrow’s personality played a large role in the newest Star Wars directorial shakeup.

According to Vulture, the record-shattering success of 2015’s Jurassic Worldseemed to have gone to Trevorrow’s head, and the newfound egotistical outlook coupled with The Book of Henry (Trevorrow’s film released earlier this year) failing critically and commercially didn’t sit well with Kennedy:

“During the making of Jurassic World, he focused a great deal of his creative energies on asserting his opinion. But because he had been personally hired by Spielberg, nobody could say, ‘You’re fired.’ Once that film went through the roof and he chose to do Henry, [Trevorrow] was unbearable. He had an egotistical point of view— and he was always asserting that. When the reviews for Book of Henry came out, there was immediately conjecture that Kathy was going to dump him because they weren’t thrilled with working with him anyway. He’s a difficult guy. He’s really, really, really confident. Let’s call it that.”

While another public breakup with a director so soon after the Lord and Miller debacle on the Han Solo anthology was hardly what Lucasfilm needed, it’s arguably better Kennedy pulled the plug now with roughly four months to go until the start of principal photography instead of sticking it out with someone she didn’t get along with. Nobody understands the pressure to get the new Star Warsmovies “right” for the fans more than Kennedy, and she has shown a willingness to make some tough calls in order to do what she feels is best for the longterm viability of what was a $4 billion acquisition for Disney. It’s becoming apparent Lucasfilm may need to rethink their hiring procedures as they look ahead to Obi-Wan and other future films so they avoid more dustups, but that problem sounds easily fixable on-paper, especially with what the studio has learned from their experiences so far.

Granted, Lucasfilm’s handling of their directors may prevent some filmmakers from lending their talents to the galaxy far, far away, but it’s hard to argue with the success Kennedy has had guiding the new era of Star Wars onscreen, and the allure of working in such a legendary franchise has drawn in Oscar caliber names like Ron Howard and possibly Stephen Daldry (who is said to be in early talks for the Obi-Wan film). It was admirable that Kennedy attempted to give up-and-comers a shot at playing in such an expansive sandbox, but for now, it seems like the studio’s vision for their prized possession gels better with experienced directors who know the drill and are open for collaboration. Kennedy, as Vulture‘s source states, is the “gatekeeper” of one of the most popular properties in the history of pop culture. She has a clear vision and – right or wrong – is seeing it through.

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Source: MakingStarWars.Net, ScreenRant and StarWars.Com

Umm… Did Mrs. Kennedy fire another director? Please, tell me something new… But what we know is what Disney published at the Star Wars official site as “A Statement Regarding Star Wars: Episode IX”:

“Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX. Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ. We wish Colin the best and will be sharing more information about the film soon.”

Colin Trevorrow was attached to helm Star Wars: Episode IX since summer 2015, but the rumors were swirling about something like this happening back when his writing parter left and then sooner after a new writer came aboard. After that fans began to notice Lucasfilm employees unfollowing Colin Trevorrow on social media.

Disney’s big screen revival of the galaxy far, far away got off to a rousing start in 2015 with the $2 billion success of The Force Awakens, but things haven’t been as smooth in the years since. Last year’s Rogue One (which was a critical and financial hit), went through extensive reshoots that saw filmmaker Tony Gilroy come in to oversee the additional photography. While that drama seemed like a big deal at the time, it was nothing compared to what the studio has endured this year.

Back in June, Phil Lord and Chris Miller were infamously fired from the Han Solo spinoff movie, four months into production. While all that was going down, Trevorrow’s The Book of Henry was an unmitigated critical and commercial disaster, causing some to wonder if his future with Star Wars would be in doubt. While Trevorrow remained very enthusiastic about the opportunity, it has now been revealed he is stepping down.

In the statement, it was said Lucasfilm and Trevorrow have mutually agreed to part ways since their “visions for the project differ.” They mentioned more information about Episode IX will be revealed soon. Currently, the plan is for the film to begin shooting in January 2018 so it can meet its previously scheduled May 2019 release date. The studio will have to move quickly to find a replacement to stay on track, but odds are they have some names lined up for the job. After all, Ron Howard swiftly replaced Lord and Miller on Han Solo, so it shouldn’t be a long search to find someone new for Episode IX.

During his time onboard, Trevorrow was extremely complimentary of Lucasfilm’s collaborative nature, promising fans a poignant conclusion to the trilogy (and possibly the saga). However, reports are suggesting it was an uneasy alliance. Per THR, script issues plagued Episode IX in development, which led to Jack Thorne being hired in August to rewrite the screenplay. Sources told the outlet Trevorrow’s relationship with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy had become “unmanageable.” After the Han Solo fiasco, Kennedy apparently “tried to avoid this decision,” but the parties could not agree on the right direction for Star Wars 9. Fortunately, there are still five months left until principal photography, so it isn’t as dire a situation.

It will be interesting to see who Lucasfilm gets to step in, as an argument can be made recent developments may turn directors off from entering the Star Wars universe. One logical option on the table is Rian Johnson, who is coming off a great experience directing The Last Jedi. Earlier this year, the Looper helmsman said he would call the shots on another Star Wars film in a heartbeat, so there’s definite interest there. Given how much the cast loved Johnson’s screenplay and approach to the franchise, he seems like a natural fit to conclude the story he is continuing this holiday season.

 

Updated: General Leia Organa will appear in Star Wars: Episode IX without the aid of CGI

Updated: Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy says Carrie Fisher will not appear in Star Wars: Episode IX

Source: Making Star Wars

In a new clip shared by Good Morning America, President of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, clarifies that although Carrie Fisher plays a prominent role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, she unfortunately will not appear in Episode IX.  Kennedy explains that by the time of Fisher’s passing, although the story for Episode IX was far along in their heads, the script had not yet been written.  After Fisher’s passing, Kennedy says that they “started over.”

Previously, Todd Fisher had claimed that unused footage of his sister would be featured in the film, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. However Lucasfilm has decided to proceed with the character of Leia following Carrie Fisher’s tragic passing in December; I’m sure they will properly honor her legacy in the saga and for the fans.

The brief clip can be seen below:

Source: New York Daily News

New York Daily News is reporting that General Organa (as portrayed by Carrie Fisher) will appear in 2019’s Star Wars: Episode IX, according to her brother Todd Fisher.

Todd Fisher spoke to New York Daily News about his sister Carrie Fisher possibly appearing in the third film of the current sequel trilogy, and says Disney approached him and Carrie Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd about using already filmed footage of  Carrie to place her in the film. No CGI will be used to recreate Carrie’s character.

Carrie Fisher with her brother Todd and her daughter Billie, in 2015.

After months of speculation about Carrie’s future in the sci-fi saga, Todd has revealed that Disney bosses want to bring Princess Leia back for Episode 9. And he said he and Carrie’s daughter, Billie Lourd, have granted the studio rights to use recent footage for the finale. It is understood that CGI will not be used to recreate Leia.

“Both of us were like, ‘Yes, how do you take her out of it?’ And the answer is you don’t,” said Fisher, as he attended the opening night gala of the TCM Film Festival in Los Angeles, celebrating “In the Heat of the Night.”

“She’s as much a part of it as anything and I think her presence now is even more powerful than it was, like Obi Wan — when the saber cuts him down he becomes more powerful. I feel like that’s what’s happened with Carrie. I think the legacy should continue.”

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To what extent Leia will figure in to the storyline is not clear. “I’m not the only part in that equation, but I think the people deserve to have her,” said Fisher. “She’s owned by them.”

And he said he had total faith in the filmmakers to “do great things.”

“You don’t mess with this legacy,” he said. “It would be like rewriting the Bible. To me, ‘Star Wars’ is the holy grail of storytelling and lore and you can’t mess with it.”

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