We have learned via an article posted on Collider that both Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly will be listed in the final writing credits for The Rise of Skywalker.
The screenplay will be credited to “Chris Terrio & J. J. Abrams,” with the ampersand indicating that the two worked together. The film will also have a “Based on Characters Created by George Lucas” credit. So far, this all makes sense. But the WGA also decided The Rise of Skywalker will have a “Story by Derek Connolly & Colin Trevorrow and Chris Terrio & J. J. Abrams” credit. And if you recall, Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed, Jurassic World) was originally set to co-write and direct Episode IX before being ousted in favor of Abrams returning. Which means that the WGA likely decided some of what Trevorrow and Connolly were originally planning for the film made it into the final product. It also means that they will receive a good amount of residuals, which is a pretty nice consolation prize for not seeing the final film through.
Trevorrow was initially selected by Lucasfilm to direct Episode IX back in August of 2015, but he and the company decided to part ways on the project about two years later. As his replacement, Lucasfilm brought back J.J. Abrams to helm the film after doing so with The Force Awakens.
As Collider highlights in their article, previous comments from Abrams pointed to him and co-writer Chris Terrio basically starting from scratch with regards to the film’s script after they were brought onboard, so this news about Trevorrow and Connolly receiving writing credit for Episode IX does raise an eyebrow or two. Did Abrams and Terrio incorporate at least some of Trevorrow and Connolly’s vision into the final version of the film?
The Rise of Skywalker lands in theaters December 20.