Goodbye Colin Trevorrow, hello again, J.J. Abrams.
J.J. Abrams, who was the man hired to set the new era of Star Wars in motion, has signed on to complete the sequel trilogy. He will serve as writer and director of Star Wars Episode IX. He will be co-writing the film with Chris Terrio (Justice League, Argo). This is a wild development that will certainly make plenty of fans happier in the directorial choice for the final film. Star Wars Episode IX will be produced by the team of Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, J.J. Abrams, Bad Robot, and Lucasfilm.
It’s been wild over at Disney concerning the Star Wars franchise in recent months. No director seems to be safe when Star Wars is involved. Colin Trevorrow was in the early process of putting together the sequel to this year’s Star Wars Episode VIII when he was let go just a few days ago. It is not currently known whether J.J. Abrams will just pick up where Trevorrow left off or if he will prefer to scrap what has already been done and shape the sequel as he sees fit. There is little doubt he will be given great creative control over what exactly Episode IX will finally look like.
Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy is extremely pleased to have J.J. Abrams back to finish the series. “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 Kathleen Kennedy. With the success, both financially and critically, of The Force Awakens this good for not only the fans but for business as well. We don’t know yet whether or not the proposed date for Star Wars Episode IX will change, but depending on how much J.J. Abrams has to change that could definitely be a possibility.
More as the story develops…