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Star Wars: Episode IX is an upcoming Star Wars film, set to be directed by J.J. Abrams from a script by Abrams and Chris Terrio. It will be the third and final film of the sequel trilogy and the eleventh canon live-action feature film in the franchise. The film, produced by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, is expected to see the return of many of the characters featured 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which Abrams also directed and co-wrote, and 2017's Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

The film was first announced after The Walt Disney Company acquired Lucasfilm in 2012. Colin Trevorrow was initially announced as the director and writer of the film, but he and Lucasfilm parted ways in September 2017, with Lucasfilm citing "creative differences" over the project. Abrams and The Last Jedi writer and director Rian Johnson were both considered leading contenders for the job from major media outlets, with Abrams being announced on September 12, 2017.

Principal photography is expected to begin in 2018, with a release scheduled for December 20, 2019.

Development

Unofficial reports claimed in November 2012 that Lawrence Kasdan—who originally wrote the screenplays for both Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi—and Simon Kinberg would divide writing responsibilities for Star Wars: Episodes VIII and IX, and both would co-produce all three films of the upcoming sequel trilogy, alongside Kathleen Kennedy.[9] However, in February 2013, Disney confirmed that Kasdan and Kinberg were working on standalone films, not main episodes.[10] It was also believed that Rian Johnson—who had signed on to direct Episode VIII—would write the treatment for Episode IX,[11] though this was later denied by Johnson.[12] In August 2015, Colin Trevorrow was announced as director for Episode IX.[2] Johnson and Trevorrow worked closely to ensure continuity between their respective films.[13] Trevorrow planned to shoot on 65 mm film,[14] and wanted to capture some footage in actual outer space.[15] According to Kasdan, the Lucasfilm creative team developed a general idea early on as to how they wanted the film to end.[16]

Death of Carrie Fisher

"The minute she finished, she grabbed me and said, 'I'd better be at the forefront of IX!' Because Harrison was front and center on VII, and Mark is front and center on VIII. She thought IX would be her movie. And it would have been."
The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson on Carrie Fisher[src]

Carrie Fisher passed away on December 27, 2016. In light of this, Trevorrow met with Kennedy in January 2017 to discuss possible story solutions.[17] Kennedy said that the team had "pretty much started over,"[18] and it was reported that Jack Thorne was hired to rewrite the initial script.[7] However, in September 2017, it was announced that Trevorrow had left the project due to creative differences,[3] and would be replaced by The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams, who would also co-write the film with Chris Terrio.[1] Disney agreed to pay a fee to Paramount so that Abrams could make the film, as he had been in breach of contract with the latter by his involvement in The Force Awakens.[19]

It is not yet known how Fisher's passing will affect the role of General Leia Organa in Star Wars: Episode IX or any future Star Wars films.[20] Lucasfilm has dispelled rumors that it would digitally recreate Fisher in future films.[21] Fisher's brother Todd claimed he and Billie Lourd had granted Lucasfilm rights to use recent footage of her.[22] However, Kennedy later confirmed that Fisher will not be in the film.[23]

Production

Principal photography is expected to begin in June 2018.[24] Some sequences are planned to be filmed with IMAX cameras.[25]

Music

During a concert with the Young Musician's Foundation Debut Orchestra on February 9, 2013, composer John Williams said he was hoping to get the chance to write the musical scores for the sequel trilogy films.[26] It was implied in Star Wars Insider 144 that he would score the entire "new Star Wars trilogy,"[27] but Lucasfilm clarified that he has only been confirmed for Episode VII.[28] Williams was later confirmed for Episode VIII as well, but has not yet been confirmed for Episode IX.[29]

Release

The film was originally scheduled for release on May 24, 2019,[30] but was later pushed back to December 20.[8]

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 SWCustom-2011 J. J. Abrams to Write and Direct Star Wars: Episode IX on StarWars.com (backup link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 SWCustom-2011 Colin Trevorrow to Direct Star Wars: Episode IX on StarWars.com (backup link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 SWCustom-2011 A Statement Regarding Star Wars: Episode IX on StarWars.com (backup link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 DISNEY TO ACQUIRE LUCASFILM LTD.. The Walt Disney Company. thewaltdisneycompany.com (2012-10-30). Retrieved on October 31, 2012.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Chitwood, Adam (February 5, 2015). Exclusive: J.J. Abrams Talks STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS and That New Lightsaber. Collider. Retrieved on February 6, 2015.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Chitwood, Adam (2016-01-12). 'Star Wars: Episode IX' Director Colin Trevorrow Promises "Satisfying" Answer to Rey Theories. Collider. Retrieved on February 27, 2016.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Kit, Borys (August 1, 2017). 'Star Wars: Episode IX' Gets a New Writer (Exclusive). The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on August 1, 2017.
  8. 8.0 8.1 TwitterLogo @starwars (Star Wars) on Twitter. "Star Wars: Episode IX is scheduled for release on December 20, 2019." (screenshot)
  9. Kit, Borys (2012-11-20, 4:41pm PST). 'Star Wars': Lawrence Kasdan, Simon Kinberg to Write, Produce - Hollywood Reporter. The Hollywood Reporter. hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved on November 21, 2012.
  10. Disney Confirms Standalone Star Wars Films; May Be Released Between New Core Episodes
  11. Keegan, Rebecca (2014-06-20). Rian Johnson boarding 'Star Wars' franchise as writer and director. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on June 23, 2014.
  12. TwitterLogo @rianjohnson (Rian Johnson) on Twitter. "That's old info, I haven't been involved in writing IX."
  13. Boone, John (January 11, 2016). EXCLUSIVE: Colin Trevorrow Responds to the Petition to Bring George Lucas Back for 'Star Wars: Episode IX'. 'Entertainment Tonight'. Retrieved on January 12, 2016.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Sciretta, Peter (November 11, 2016). 'Star Wars: Episode 9' Will Be Shot On 65mm Film. Slashfilm. Retrieved on November 12, 2016.
  15. Lee, Ashley (January 28, 2016). 'Star Wars: Episode IX' Director Wants to Shoot on Film, Not Digital — and in Outer Space. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on January 30, 2016.
  16. Rottenberg, Josh (December 22, 2015). Lawrence Kasdan on the 'crazy different' Han Solo film and where 'Star Wars' will go from here. Los Angeles Times. latimes.com. Retrieved on September 17, 2017.
  17. Kit, Borys (January 5, 2017). 'Star Wars' Braintrust Sets Meeting to Plot Leia's Life After Carrie Fisher's Death. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on January 5, 2017.
  18. Breznican, Anthony (April 14, 2017). Kathleen Kennedy says Star Wars: Episode IX 'started over' after Carrie Fisher's death. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on May 6, 2017.
  19. Masters, Kim (September 20, 2017). 'Star Wars' Director Drama: How J.J. Abrams Jilted Paramount for 'Episode IX'. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on September 20, 2017.
  20. Littlejohn, Georgina (December 28, 2016). POSTHUMOUS PRINCESS Is Carrie Fisher in Star Wars Episode 8 and what will happen to Princess Leia now the actress is dead? Here's what we know. The Sun. Retrieved on December 28, 2016.
  21. SWCustom-2011 A Statement Regarding New Rumors on StarWars.com (backup link)
  22. Desborough, James (2017-04-07). The late Carrie Fisher will appear in 'Star Wars: Episode 9', says brother Todd Fisher. New York Daily News. Retrieved on April 8, 2017.
  23. Rothman, Michael (April 14, 2017). Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy says Carrie Fisher will not be in 'Episode IX'. ABC News. Retrieved on April 16, 2017.
  24. Kroll, Justin (September 12, 2017). 'Star Wars: Episode IX' Release Date Moves to December 2019. Variety. Retrieved on September 13, 2017.
  25. Orange, B. Alan (February 22, 2016). Star Wars: The Last Jedi Luke Skywalker Scenes Were Shot in IMAX. MovieWeb. Retrieved on February 22, 2016.
  26. Williams Says He 'Hopes' to Work on New Star Wars Trilogy. JWFan (February 11, 2013). Retrieved on February 21, 2013.
  27. Star Wars Insider 144
  28. TwitterLogo @starwars (Star Wars) on Twitter. "Clarification: John Williams is confirmed for Episode VII only at this point."
  29. Kelly, Ray (2016-08-14). Review: John Williams, Boston Pops bring 'Star Wars' universe to stormy Tanglewood. MassLive. Retrieved on August 15, 2016.
  30. SWCustom-2011 Star Wars: Episode IX and Next Indiana Jones Get Release Dates on StarWars.com (backup link)
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 31.3 31.4 31.5 TwitterLogo @HamillHimself (Mark Hamill) on Twitter. "Haven't seen my chin since May '15, so #FarewellFacialFur & #ByeByeBeard (at least til #EpisodeIX) @popculturequest"
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 UTA Signs 'Star Wars' Lead Daisy Ridley. cinemablend.com (August 7 2014). Retrieved on August 11, 2014.
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 Keslassy, Elsa (May 13, 2016). John Boyega: New 'Star Wars' Is 'Darker, Bigger' Than 'Force Awakens'. Variety. Retrieved on May 13, 2016.
  34. 34.0 34.1 34.2 Hiatt, Brian (May 18, 2016). Oscar Isaac: The Internet's Boyfriend Becomes a Leading Man. Rolling Stone. Retrieved on May 18, 2016.
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 35.3 Boulton, Jessica (September 20, 2015). Star Wars' C-3PO on how R2-D2 was no Force to reckon with and Princess Leia in a bikini was boring. Mirror.co.uk. Retrieved on September 20, 2015.

External links

Star Wars Episodes
Original trilogy
Episode IV A New Hope · Episode V The Empire Strikes Back · Episode VI Return of the Jedi
Prequel trilogy
Episode I The Phantom Menace · Episode II Attack of the Clones · Episode III Revenge of the Sith
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Episode VII The Force Awakens · Episode VIII The Last Jedi · Episode IX
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I: The Phantom Menace · II: Attack of the Clones · III: Revenge of the Sith
IV: A New Hope · V: The Empire Strikes Back · VI: Return of the Jedi
VII: The Force Awakens · VIII: The Last Jedi · IX
Spin-off films
Canon:
The Clone Wars · Rogue One · Solo · Untitled film
Legends:
Holiday Special · Caravan of Courage · The Battle for Endor
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The Clone Wars · Rebels · Forces of Destiny
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