Star Wars taps JJ Abrams to write and direct Episode IX

12 September, 2017, 18:15 | Author: Christian Benson
  • Chris Terrio accepts his Academy Award in 2013

Star Wars: Episode IX is now in need of a new director, as Lucasfilm and Disney announced on Tuesday that Colin Trevorrow - who was also developing the film's script - has left the project. At the same time, Trevorrow reportedly became "unmanageable" as the script for Episode IX, which he co-wrote with Jurassic World collaborator Derek Connolly, went through multiple drafts with continual sore points.

Johnson has just about finished post-production on The Last Jedi, reaching the end of a grueling (yet enjoyable) process.

J.J. Abrams in 2013
J.J. Abrams in 2013. | Keith Tsuji Getty Images

His return to Star Wars will likely help bring some much-needed stability to Lucasfilm's Star Wars operations after a string of high-profile departures from the franchise's films. I've been entirely focused on The Last Jedi, so I'm not really thinking about Episode IX right now. However, fans are wondering if Rian Johnson might just take the director's chair for back-to-back movies, something Rian Johnson hasn't said "no" to, but he hasn't said "yes" to, either.

Film director Colin Trevorrow was slated to be the director of the ninth installment of "Star Wars" until the news broke about his departure last week. I never really expected that to happen again.

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"Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX", the statement reads. Trevorrow booked the Star Wars gig off the back of the $1.6 billion success of Jurassic World; he even turned down directing the sequel owing to his Star Wars commitments. During the promotional activities for the movie in Tokyo, Japan, he revealed that actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt has a voice role in the film.

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J.J. Abrams is going to finish the "Star Wars" trilogy that he started.

The still untitled Star Wars: Episode IX is now still scheduled for a May 24, 2019 release.

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J.J. Abrams is to return to 'Star Wars' for the upcoming ninth instalment, it has been confirmed.

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