When it comes to movies that we just love to obsess over, two franchises take the biscuit – Harry Potter and Star Wars (duh. As if you couldn’t tell by our articles). And now, one of our favorite Harry Potter writers has joined the Dark Side; riding his broomstick over to the Millennium Falcon for the next installment in the franchise – Star Wars Episode IX – and no, it’s not J.K Rowling (although that would be pretty epic).
British scribe Jack Throne will be transferring from Hogwarts to the land of the Jedi to bring us the second draft of the new (and so far untitled) movie, Star Wars Episode IX, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Thorne is most famous for his role in co-writing the AWESOME screenplay for the Harry Potter stage show, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which has taken the world by storm.
Jack will be joining the Star Wars writing team pretty late in the game, considering a first draft has already been written by the confirmed director (and legend), Colin Trevorrow. However, it seems Trevorrow and LucasFilm want to go in a different direction with the script, enlisting the help of the Harry Potter writer. Or, you know, it could have something to do with the fact that Trevorrow was recently slated for his movie flop, The Book of Henry. Ouch.
Although LucasFilm hasn’t confirmed or denied the news, sources suggest that Jack Thorne will definitely be joining the Star Wars clan. While he has never worked with the franchise before, his work on Harry Potter, as well as penning the script for the BBC adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy (eek!!), is a good indicator that he is the perfect fantasy writer.
Pullman himself has recently spoken about Thorne.
Jack is a writer of formidable energy and range. I’m certain he’ll do a superb job.
Filming for Episode IX is expected to lift off in January 2018, and is set to be released on May 24, 2019. So Thorne better get a move on…