Star Wars: Episode IX brings on writer Jack Thorne

The Fades’ Jack Thorne will re-write Colin Trevorrow’s Star Wars: Episode IX

There’s been a lot of activity in the Star Wars universe recently, with Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi heading in for its Christmas release and the Han Solo spinoff movie undergoing its highly-publicised change of director, but we mustn’t forget about Colin Trevorrow’s Episode IX.

THR reports that the most excellent writer Jack Thorne (The Fades, The Cursed Child) has been brought in to re-write the film’s script ahead of its January 2018 start date. Trevorrow had been working on the screenplay with his regular writing partner Derek Connolly (Jurassic World), but now Thorne will be taking another crack at the script. As per the report, “It is unclear how extensive the rewrites will be.”

The as-yet-untitled third movie is set for a 24 May 2019 release date, following the Han Solo movie in shifting from the Christmas release that the new Star Wars movies have enjoyed so far.

This is the latest step towards total genre dominance for Thorne, who is also adapting Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy for TV and has written an episode of Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams. He also took a crack at adapting Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman back when Joseph Gordon-Levitt was working on it, but we’ll probably never get to see his take on it…

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