JJ Abrams returns to Star Wars to direct Episode IX

JJ Abrams returns to Star Wars to direct Episode IX

It was a quick news release and to the point, but Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, who will produce Episode IX, added a statement to express her excitement. Abrams is replacing Colin Trevorrow, who left the movie after what has been described as a difference in vision with Lucasfilm.

The now untitled Episode IX will be directed by J.J. Abrams, who previously directed and co-wrote The Force Awakens. He is not set to write and direct Episode IX, allowing him to complete the trilogy that's suggested will bring the Skywalker saga to a close. That marked the second time this summer that Lucasfilm and Disney had sacked the directing force behind a Star Wars film. Last week, Lucasfilm revealed that they were parting ways with Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow, with Star Wars 9 needing a new director to man the ship. It was reported that he was sacked for being hard.

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The screenplay for that film was also co-written by Abrams, along with Star Wars legend Lawrence Kasdan and screenwriter Michael Arndt.

Walt Disney Co delayed the release of the ninth installment of the "Star Wars" saga to December 20, 2019 after announcing on Tuesday the return of filmmaker J.J. Abrams to the franchise to write and direct the movie. After directing 2009's Star Trek, he returned to the rebooted franchise film series for 2013's sequel Star Trek Into Darkness. No director seems to be safe when Star Wars is involved. Abrams, whose work on The Force Awakens reinvigorated the franchise with a $2 billion worldwide box office take. Return of the Jedi will have a similar cast, but without Ford, due to his character's fate in The Force Awakens. The untitled Han Solo film is then slated for May 25, 2018.

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