Abrams Joins Forces With Star Wars Again
With Colin Trevorrow out as writer and director of Star Wars Episode IX, there needs to be new hope. Lucasfilm, after parting with the Jurassic World director, went on a hunt for a new captain. They did not have to look far. On Tuesday, Lucasfilm announced that JJ Abrams will direct the ninth entry in the franchise. This is a return to Star Wars for Abrams, who had both box office and critical success with The Force Awakens. In a statement, Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm, had glowing words. “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.”
Double Duty For Abrams
Abrams will also be writing the screenplay along with directing the ninth installment in George Lucas’ billion dollar franchise. He’ll be assisted by Justice League scribe Chris Terrio in this endeavor. As the film is only in the beginning stages as The Last Jedi prepares to debut this December, details are both nebulous and highly secretive. Already this announcement has been met with praise by fans across the internet.
A Spaceship In Troubled Hyperspace
This announcement is a lucky break for Lucasfilm, which has been suffering of late. Along with firing Trevorrow from Episode IX, the company fired Phil Lord and Christopher Miller from the Han Solo solo film. In both cases, it was creative differences between the directors and the producers that led to the departures. The Han Solo film is currently undergoing heavy reshoots under the new director, Ron Howard. Fans have raised concerns given the departure of the directors of two films. Episode IX is on track for its intended release, but less certain is the fate of Han Solo.
Star Wars Episode VII: The Last Jedi is set to premiere on December 15th. Episode IX was set to debut May 24th, 2019 but has been pushed to December 20, 2019.