Star Wars IX, the film set after The Last Jedi, will have a emotionally resonant ending, according to director Colin Trevorrow. Though fans are impatiently counting down the days until Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters, the third and presumably final installment of the new series has been the subject of much attention recently. The LucasFilm production has a release date of May 2019, a mere two years from now, and aims to start shooting next year in January, just one month after Episode VIII premieres.
In an interview with Screen Rant to promote his latest film The Book of Henry , Trevorrow discussed the process of formulating the script, mentioning the collaborations with Abrams, Johnson, and the Lucasfilm story group:
“The process of Star Wars began way back in August of 2015 when I looked at what J.J. and Rian had done and I’m very fortunate that I’m surrounded by some really, really brilliant producers and brilliant creative minds – Kiri Hart and the Lucasfilm story group and my producer [Michelle] Rejwan and Kathy Kennedy and also J.J. and Rian, Larry Kasdan. I mean, these are the best minds available and everybody’s engaged in making sure this is the most satisfying and emotionally resonant conclusion that we can possibly deliver.”
My take: what the hell does “emotionally resonant” mean, beyond the dictionary definition? Will Rey finally marry Finn? Will they have some mixed kids who inherit the power of the force? Will Rey die? Will FInn? I can’t even imagine what such a term means as I don’t contemplate films that way. Did Contact have an emotionally resonant ending? Did Dark City? Did Terminator 2? I guess, but I never even noticed they did till now. They were, to me, just good films that ended….well.