‘Batman v. Superman’ Co-Writer Chris Terrio Hired for ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ Script

A screenwriter known in part for his work in the DC Extended Universe has been hired to co-write the script of Star Wars: Episode IX.

On Tuesday, Lucasfilm announced that J.J. Abrams will return to the Star Wars universe to write and direct Episode IX. But a piece of news that was a bit overshadowed was that Lucasfilm also announced that Chris Terrio will co-write the film with Abrams.

Chris Terrio was credited for the screenplay for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice along with David S. Goyer. It seems that Terrio did a lot of the work, writing the script based on an earlier draft by Goyer. He also wrote Justice League, being the sole screenwriter on the project until Joss Whedon was recently given a screenwriting credit after he took over reshoots.

Chris Terrio accepts his Academy Award in 2013

Chris Terrio accepts his Academy Award in 2013. | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Before his work in the superhero genre, Terrio was best known for writing the script for Argo, which won him the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. This was actually the first major film that Terrio wrote, other than his directorial debut, the independent film Heights.

Terrio is only the latest writer to be hired for Star Wars: Episode IX. Originally, the movie was to be written by director Colin Trevorrow and his screenwriting partner, Derek Connolly. But in August 2017, Derek Connolly was replaced by Jack Thorne, reportedly because Disney was not happy with the screenplay that Trevorrow and Connolly were producing. Disagreements over the screenplay are apparently what led to Trevorrow’s departure.

“Trevorrow and Disney could not see eye-to-eye in regards to the script of the last installment in this latest Star Wars trilogy, sources say, and decided to part ways before getting further along in pre-production,” Variety reports.

It’s not quite clear at this time what elements of the previous script will be retained and what will be scrapped. If J.J. Abrams and Chris Terrio start over from scratch, it would certainly be difficult for Lucasfilm to meet its goal of releasing Star Wars: Episode IX in May 2019.

J.J. Abrams in 2013

J.J. Abrams in 2013. | Keith Tsuji/Getty Images

At one point, Rian Johnson was reported to be writing the treatment for Episode IX. But he did not end up doing so, and at this time it looks like he will have no involvement in the film. Deadline reports that Johnson was offered the Episode IX directing gig, but he turned it down.