Star Wars: Episode IX is the upcoming final film of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, to be produced under the Disney-Lucasfilm brand. The film is slated to be directed by Colin Trevorrow and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and J.J. Abrams, based on a story treatment by Star Wars: Episode VIII director Rian Johnson. It is scheduled for release in 2019.
- "We want to channel the invention and just the raw creativity and the boldness that George [Lucas] brought to these films and not being afraid that we're going to embarrass ourselves by doing something that might be crazy. When George Lucas made Star Wars, a lot of people thought it was crazy. When you try to pitch what that movie's about – if you've never heard of Star Wars before, you say, 'Here's a character. His father's part robot, but he can also do magic. And there's a guy who can fly in a spaceship. He's got a dog for a friend!' – it sounds insane. But it's the greatest story ever told. I just want to embrace that kind of invention and creativity that he brought to it."
- ―Colin Trevorrow, in a speech at Lucasfilm
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. However, in February 2013, Disney confirmed that Kasdan and Kinberg were working on standalone films, not main episodes. In June 2014, it was announced that director Rian Johnson, who had signed on to helm Episode VIII, would write the treatment for Episode IX. In August 2015, Colin Trevorrow was officially announced as director for Episode IX. Johnson and Trevorrow are working closely to ensure continuity between their respective films. Trevorrow has said that he will shoot on physical film, and that he would like to capture some footage in actual outer space.
During a concert with the Young Musician's Foundation Debut Orchestra on February 9, composer John Williams stated that he was hoping to get the chance to write the musical scores for the entire new trilogy. It was implied in Star Wars Insider 144 that he would score the entire "new Star Wars trilogy," but Lucasfilm clarified that he has only been confirmed for Episode VII.
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- "An Exclusive Interview with George Lucas"—Star Wars Insider 26
- "Launch Pad"—Star Wars Insider 151
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Notes and references
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- ↑ 3.0 3.1 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.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Keegan, Rebecca (2014-06-20). Rian Johnson boarding 'Star Wars' franchise as writer and director. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on June 23, 2014.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Chitwood, Adam (January 12, 2016). 'Star Wars: Episode IX' Director Colin Trevorrow Promises "Satisfying" Answer to Rey Theories. Collider. Retrieved on February 27, 2016.
- ↑ Disney brings the Force to CinemaCon. Variety (April 17, 2013).
- ↑ 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.
- ↑ Disney Confirms Standalone Star Wars Films; May Be Released Between New Core Episodes
- ↑ 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.
- ↑ 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.
- ↑ Williams Says He ‘Hopes’ to Work on New Star Wars Trilogy. JWFan (February 11, 2013). Retrieved on February 21, 2013.
- ↑ Star Wars Insider 144
- ↑ . “Clarification: John Williams is confirmed for Episode VII only at this point.”
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- ↑ 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 Boulton, Jessica (September 20, 2015). Stars 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.