J.J. Abrams Returning To Direct Episode IX

Get ready for those lense-flares! After a week since Colin Trevorrow’s exit, it would seem that J.J. Abrams will be returning to the Star Wars universe after all. When Disney and Lucasfilm mandated the conclusion of the Skywalker trilogy, Kathleen Kennedy stated that the new trilogy would be handled like the original, each with different directors. That seems to have changed.

“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,” said Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy in a statement.

Abrams will co-write a new script with Chris Terrio, which seem to be the source of the issues between Trevorrow and Kennedy. While the film is slated to begin shooting at the beginning of 2018 with a May 2019 release, it is not a rush to get the film done.

A month or so ago, Jack Thorne was tapped to work on the script after Trevorrow’s multiple attempts. It would seem that the trilogy will be in good hands with Abrams closing out the new trilogy.

While some blogs have been claiming various reasons many young directors are getting booted from Star Wars projects is nothing new. Marvel had many directors come on and then leave due to creative differences as has Warner Bros.

One thing to bear in mind is that many of these are tentpole movies that follow a certain tone and storytelling. Gareth Edwards did principal production and Tony Gilroy shot the reshoot, and neither Abrams or Rian Johnson were replaced off their projects.

What could be assume is that many of the directors do not really understand what Star Wars is about, and are simply trying new things within the universe. I believe that the standalone movies should have that freedom but the main trilogy should follow that pattern. At least, with Abrams, we know it will be enjoyable.


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