Star Wars: Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow has confirmed there is a script draft in place for the sequel trilogy finale. After a 10 year gap between Star Wars films, Disney and Lucasfilm are already two years into their effort to bring the franchise back to dominance. Based on the performances of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, they have already achieved that goal. Now that the franchise is set up to release a new installment on a yearly basis, the anticipation for Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been growing, while the young Han Solo movie continues to shoot.
The next film that will head into production will be Star Wars 9. When exactly it will start production is still in question, although the latest report once again points to a July 2017 start, but there are many other things that must happen before production begins. One of these is finishing a script, and it has now been confirmed that a draft is ready.
Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World) is taking on directing duties for Episode 9 and gave an update on the project while speaking to MTV at CinemaCon. After unforeseen and unfortunate complications arose during his pre-production process, the director has confirmed that they have a draft ready to go and are working on making it a finalized version.
“We’re writing, we’re designing, and there is a draft. You know, we’re throwing 110 percent of our souls into it, so there will be nothing left of me when I’m done.”
This is good news for the status of Episode 9 as news for the project has been low, which is understandable at The Last Jedi has yet to even release its first trailer. The lack of updates is also not surprising given the limbo the project was thrown into with the passing of Carrie Fisher. She was slated to have a big role in the movie originally and her death led Trevorrow to meet with Lucasfilm to discuss how they could proceed.
They have yet to make it clear how exactly the Star Wars universe will continue without Fisher, but the fallout of The Last Jedi and entirety of Episode 9 should be majorly affected. Whether they peacefully send Leia off on a different adventure to never be heard from again or recast the character, it will likely never be revealed just how different the final version of Episode 9 is from their original idea. Regardless, the fact that Trevorrow and his writing team have completed a draft is a positive and necessary development.