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Not many people tend to think about it, but hiring a new writer for a movie like Star Wars: Episode IX is a pretty big deal. It's even bigger when you think about the fact that the film is eyeing a production start date for the beginning of next year. Yet that's just what's happened, as the last of the new trilogy of Star Wars films has just hired writer Jack Thorne to make a pass at the film's script.
As we mentioned above, this seems like a pretty last minute change, as up until this point, director Colin Trevorrow and his writing partner Derek Connolly had been the writers working on Star Wars: Episode IX's script. With Thorne's name in the mix as far as writing is concerned, this is probably more of a punch up draft of the existing script, rather than the top down re-write that some might be expecting with such news. That would especially make sense as the script clearly needed significant alteration after Carrie Fisher's tragic passing. Judging by Thorne's credentials, he's an excellent and intriguing choice to shepherd Star Wars into the future.
This fall will see Thorne's name flashing on the big screen in connection with the adaptation of Wonder, which stars Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay. Though Jack Thorne's credits are more in force when it comes to TV projects, as he's been building a name on such noteworthy TV series as The Last Panthers, National Treasure and The Fades. So with his name on both family friendly and the adult oriented content, Jack Thorne is the type of writer that sounds just right for the Star Wars universe in a post-Rian Johnson capacity.
Of course, there are some questions as to why this change announced by The Hollywood Reporter had to come, especially not too long after the box office debacle that was Colin Trevorrow's The Book of Henry. With that film provoking a pretty strong response by both critics and audiences, there's of course the possibility that Lucasfilm's top brass wanted to play damage control before things went too far. Let's not forget that the studio had its own bout of questionable luck recently by having to replace Chris Lord and Phil Miller as the directors of the untitled Han Solo spin-off late into production. Then again, it's also entirely possible that this has nothing to do with The Book Of Henry and is instead more related to Carrie Fisher changes. Or maybe the studio just wanted another voice. That happens all the time on major projects like this. Maybe it's a disaster. Maybe it's totally normal. Only the top decision-makers really know the answer to that.
It's not exactly a hiring that's worthy of ringing alarm bells yet, but Jack Thorne's newfound writing credit should be seen as a chance to polish the raw materials that are known as Star Wars: Episode IX. There's plenty of time for the film to form up properly though, as it's taking a more traditional release slot of May 24, 2019. In the meantime, Star Wars: The Last Jedi will finally hit theaters on December 15, which will give fans plenty to discuss before even expecting a synopsis for the next film's story.