There have been many things plaguing the yet-to-be shot Star Wars: Episode IX. The sudden death of Carrie Fisher, who according to director Colin Trevorrow, would have a large part in the conclusion of the trilogy. The internet’s reaction to Trevorrow’s pet project, The Book of Henry, which has the internet saying he isn’t right for the job, even though he successfully rebooted the Jurassic World franchise. Now, it seems that someone else is taking a shot at the script.
The original script for Episode IX was written by Trevorrow and Derek Connolly. With production being eyed for January 2018, The Hollywood Reporting claims that Jack Thorne is coming onboard to take a stab at the script. Now, he could be brought in to punch up the script and give it a polish or it could be a heavy rewrite.
Judging by the voices on the internet, and given the retooling Lucasfilms has done on the standalone movies, there has not been much in the way of changes in regard to the new trilogy. Of course, any news of a change will cause the internet to start speculating.
With six months before production is slated to begin, it is pretty certain that this will not be a page one rewrite. Many people forgot that Michael Arndt had originally wrote the script for The Force Awakens and eventually lost the position to J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan.
With the loss of Carrie Fisher, just after completion of The Last Jedi, her loss would impact the script especially after comments that she would have a major role in the film. Many times, new writers are brought in to polish the script with their clean slate and fresh take.
Star Wars: Episode IX is slated for release on May 24, 2019.