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.
According to Cineworld, The Last Jedi will be an astonishing 150 minutes long – two and a half hours.
If the runtime is confirmed, that would make it the longest Star Wars film yet. Currently, that’s Attack of the Clones, which clocks in at two hours and twenty minutes. Most of the prequel trilogy falls into that range, while the original trilogy averages at just over two hours – Return of the Jedi is the longest at two hours and eleven minutes.
The Force Awakens was two hours and sixteen minutes; Rogue One clocks in at two hours and thirteen minutes.
Vulture reports on why Colin Trevorrow left Episode IX – per “speculation from a ranking Hollywood movie insider with direct knowledge of the productions on both The Book of Henry and Jurassic World” – that the director’s ego might have gotten in the way. Basically – do not mess with Kathleen Kennedy.
“When the reviews for Book of Henry came out, there was immediately conjecture that Kathy was going to dump him because they weren’t thrilled with working with him anyway,” the executive continues. “He’s a difficult guy. He’s really, really, really confident. Let’s call it that.”
Pictured, above: My approximate feelings on a Jabba the Hutt movie. Between this and Boba Fett, it’s like the rumors are endeavoring to make movies on saga major leaguers like Han and Obi-wan more palatable. But man, if this is what they’re really knocking around for future spin-offs, no wonder Rogue One got to be first at bat.
I guess all that fan foot-stomping may finally be paying off. The Hollywood Reporter is saying that Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) is in “early talks” to direct a standalone starring Obi-wan Kenobi. It’s in “the earliest of stages” and there’s no script yet, so I don’t expect we’ll hear anything official from Lucasfilm anytime soon. (EW’s Anthony Breznican also seems positive on it – though again, “very early.”)
It’s not known if Ewan McGregor will return, but he’s been open to the idea ever since the standalones actually became a thing.