In this current, turbulent era of Star Wars filmmaking there are a multitude of roads not taken that will fascinate deep-diving fans of the saga for decades to come. Right near the top of that list is the Episode IX story, as written by Colin Trevorrow.
One day the reasons he left the project will come to light, but until then we have the third Jurassic World chapter in 2021 to look forward to helmed by Trevorrow. Speaking to Empire magazine recently he shed a little light on a moment that…well, if his Jurassic colleague Jeff Goldblum could still turn into a fly, I’d be begging for some transmogrification juice just so I could listen to this.
“I don’t want to talk too much about it because I don’t want to affect the way that fans get to see these films. When we were kids, these movies came to us from far away. They were a gift. And the more we talk about how they’re made, the more it reveals that they’re just movies. But they’re not just movies, they’re more than that. Beyond that, I got the opportunity to tell a story that is a celebration of everything I believe in, I got to tell it to George Lucas and I got to tell it to Luke Skywalker, and those are experiences I will cherish for the rest of my life.”
Trevorrow wrote an Episode IX script with regular collaborator Derek Connolly, who co-wrote the screenplays for Safety Not Guaranteed, Jurassic World, and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Jack Thorne was later brought in to re-write Trevorrow and Connolly’s screenplay, though his version was also scrapped. JJ Abrams is now working on a new script for Episode IX with co-writer Chris Terrio, and will direct the film for a December 2019 release.
J.J. will bring this home, I have no doubt, but how much would we like to know Colin’s version of events. One day, one day….