Episode IX begins filming in the summer

At D23 Expo Japan, Disney Marketing President Ricky Strauss revealed that J.J. Abrams will begin filming Episode IX this coming summer. A special greeting from Abrams and some behind-the-scenes footage from Solo: A Star Wars Story was also shown.

Episode IX is due out on December 20, 2019.

John Williams willing to return for Episode IX (and who’s going to tell him no?)

In an interview regarding his Oscar chances this year, composer John Williams says that he’s already told J.J. Abrams that he’ll return for Episode IX. “I would very much like to complete that,” he told Variety.

Williams is eligible for both The Last Jedi and The Post this year. He’s received 50 nominations over his career and won 5, including one for the original Star Wars.

Before IX, Williams will be contributing a theme for Solo.

Rumor: Is something Star Wars going to film in Scotland in June?

There have been reports out of Scotland that Star Wars may be headed to Argyll and other areas in the north of the country in the summer for a new film.

Unfortunately, they all seem to peg it being for Rian Johnson’s new trilogy, which has no script, cast or release date yet. J.J. Abrams’ Episode IX seems like a more likely bet, and a tweet from a local tourism account lends slighly more credibility to that theory. IX is due out in December 2019.

There’s also the possibility it’s for the fifth Indiana Jones movie, which has a July 2019 release date.

However, it’s noteworthy that we’ve seen plenty of false claims for shooting locations over recent years, so I hesitate to buy this one in full.

Report: “Black Diamond” is the working title for Episode IX

Fantha Tracks reports that the business name for producing Episode IX is Carbonado Industries (UK) Ltd. The working title of the film will be Black Diamond, they say. (Both terms refer to the same substance.)

The article also contains a short history of the recent production companies and working titles, many of which were uncovered by the same folks when they were with Jedi News.

Episode IX, which will be directed by The Force Awakens’ J.J. Abrams, is due in December 2019. Other reports says that the returning crew also includes visual effects supervisor Roger Guyett and costume designer Michael Kaplan (who also stayed on for The Last Jedi.)

J.J. Abrams to return for Episode IX

Well, this is somewhat unexpected. The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams will return to helm Episode IX. He’ll co-write the script with Chris Terrio (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, seriously.)

Last week, Lucasfilm announced that they had parted ways with original IX director Colin Trevorrow. Abrams’ name was being thrown around, along with The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, but he was considered the longer shot… Jokes on us, I suppose.

UPDATE: Deadline reports that Johnson was offered the slot, but declined.