JJ Abrams Returns For Star Wars Episode IX!
When news broke last week ago that Colin Trevorrow was out as director of Star Wars: Episode IX, the big question has been who will steer the conclusion of the latest Star Wars trilogy? Now we have an answer – JJ Abrams is back!
Abrams, who launched a new era of Star Wars with ‘The Force Awakens’ in 2015, is returning to complete the sequel trilogy as writer and director of Star Wars: Episode IX. Abrams will co-write the film with Chris Terrio (‘Argo’, ‘Justice League’).
“With The Force Awakens, J.J. delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for, and I am so excited that he is coming back to close out this trilogy,” comments Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy.
It’s no great surprise Disney/Lucasfilm turned to Abrams as a safe pair of hands to conclude this chapter of the story. ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ grossed over $2.06 billion in worldwide box office sales, making it the 3rd highest-grossing film of all time, and was largely well received by fans.
Disney/Lucasfilm has been struggling a bit with directors of late. Trevorrow dropped out of Episode IX due to “differing visions” of the film, and they fired Phil Lord & Chris Miller from the Han Solo movie due to “creative differences” in their approach, leaving Ron Howard to sort it out.
Along with the director, one other change for ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ is the release date, which has been moved back from May 2019 to December 2019. The film will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Abrams, Bad Robot, and Lucasfilm.
‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’, the next installment in the franchise, comes to UK cinemas on the 15th December 2017.