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Solo: A Star Wars Story was supposed to kick-off a trend that would have Star Wars movies coming out in May instead of December, but with Colin Trevorrow being fired from Episode IX, J.J. Abrams needed to have some time to polish up a new script with Chris Terrio. It looks like pre-production is entering its final stages as production for Episode IX is said to start soon.
J.J. Abrams has revealed in a message (via ComicBookMovie) during Japan’s D23 Expo that he was “hard at work co-writing Episode IX before directing it this summer.”
Seeing that a lot of people thought that The Force Awakens was just a rehash of A New Hope, I’m hoping that Abrams and Terrio actually bring in something new to the table. What I really liked about Rian Johnson was that he was able to predict every expectation from the fans and he pulled the rug from underneath all of them. Though some people may have hated it, I would love for Abrams to do the same thing when it comes to Episode IX.
By the time the movie releases, I bet Lucasfilm would have already announced a handful of their new incoming projects. We have a fresh trilogy coming from Rian Johnson himself, and Game of Thrones showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff are also working on their own batch of films. I wonder if the Obi-Wan movie would finally be announced by that time as well. That is if there is an Obi-Wan movie.
Star Wars Episode IX comes out Dec. 20, 2019.