Episode IX has started filming (*squeal*) and that means before we know it the first teaser featuring the highly-anticipated Star Wars movie will be out for all to see. But recently a very interesting rumor started circling the internet that this Skywalker/Solo saga finale will be split into two parts and when I heard it I got so excited at the thought.
You see, The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi were unconventionally placed together because both of these films’ stories take place within a week and a half of each other. J.J Abrams ended The Force Awakens in such an exciting cliffhanger that Rian Johnson, the director and writer of The Last Jedi, wanted to know what happened next so he continued the story from where The Force Awakens left off. It was the first time this had ever happened in Star Wars because both previous trilogies featured sequels that took place years after their predecessors (Attack of the Clones is set ten years after The Phantom Menace, The Empire Strikes Back is set three years after A New Hope.)
And The Last Jedi ended with such an intact statement that the story could honestly go anywhere from here on out. It felt more like a finale than a continuation into the next film and that’s where the point of this post comes in.
Ever since I began to think of Episode IX I hoped that maybe Disney would change things up and split Episode IX into two parts for this main reason. The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi were placed so close together it frankly feels like one long movie split into two parts. With Episode IX supposedly bringing the story of the Skywalkers to a close it will feel like the trilogy was just composed of two movies. That won’t sit well, especially if Episode IX ends up not being that good.
J.J Abrams is going to have to tell a complex story that will have to wrap up the newer characters’ stories plus the ENTIRE Skywalker saga within a time frame of at least 2 hours and forty minutes (because I don’t think anyone wants to watch a 3-hour long Star Wars movie.) That sounds like an unenviable task.
If the movie, however, is set into two parts the story can be told without the mental barrier that the writers have to cram a whole lot of content into one movie. It happened with the Harry Potter franchise as J.K Rowling split up The Deathly Hallows finale into two parts. And now The Avengers finale is also being split into a two-part series. And you see how those movies turned out. They were well composed and turned out much better than if they had been forced to be one film.
Of course, this is just a rumor and Episode IX may still remain as the trilogy’s sole finale but I would love it if this rumor turned out to be true. That would be very awesome (and smart) indeed.
What do you think? Should Episode IX be fractured into a two-part finale or do you want to keep it in the normal trilogy approach? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day. May the Force be with you.