Why Lucasfilm Has ‘Started Over’ and Is Rewriting the ‘Episode IX’ Script

Matthew Loffhagen
(Photo: Lucasfilm)

Eight months, guys.

Not long to wait at all.

We’re just eight short months away from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and it we all keep busy and try not to think about the upcoming movie, we hopefully won’t notice the wait too much.

So, in the interest of taking your mind off The Last Jedi, let’s talk about a completely different film. Let’s chat about Star Wars: Episode IX instead.

That movie’s even further away. Oh joy.

The plans for Episode IX have been in place for years now, ever since the beginning of the new trilogy of movies. Lucasfilm had everything in place to create a perfect, well-crafted story, but now, everything that had been organized for Episode IX has been thrown out as the studio begins almost entirely afresh with a new direction?

Why? Because the heartbreaking loss of Carrie Fisher has far-reaching consequences for the franchise as a whole.

Source: Lucasfilm

“We pretty much started over,” said Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, “Obviously, with Carrie having passed away, it shook everybody”.

It seems that General Leia Organa, the mother of movie villain Kylo Ren, played a major part in Episode IX. Rather than recast the character, or recreate Leia through the use of CGI trickery (both ideas that Lucasfilm has shot down), it makes more sense to rework the entire film.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that the movie will suffer as a result, but be prepared for a reveal, in around ten years’ time, of the original, “true” ending to the saga, when Lucasfilm shares the original plan for the movie.

That’s fine, we can wait.

Star Wars fans are good at waiting.

These eight months will just fly by.

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