After the shock departure of Colin Trevorrow from Star Wars: Episode IX, fans have been left asking what the state of play is within the Star Wars cinematic universe. Today Lucasfilm has announced the man they see as the ideal replacement – bringing director J.J. Abrams back to direct and write the final outing.
Lucasfilm released a statement announcing the decision;
“J.J. Abrams, who launched a new era of Star Wars with The Force Awakens in 2015, is returning to complete the sequel trilogy as writer and director of Star Wars: Episode IX. Abrams will co-write the film with Chris Terrio. Star Wars: Episode IX will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Abrams, Bad Robot, and Lucasfilm.”
“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.”
It caps off an interesting turn of events for Star Wars: Episode IX, which had been mired in controversy recently. Trevorrow’s departure was put down to “creative differences” between the-then director and the movie studio. One can only speculate just how that movie would have turned out had it been allowed to develop.
Abrams first signed on to direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens in January 2013 – helming the first outing in the new trilogy. His initial outing was hugely liked by audiences, something Disney was keen to achieve. After the indifferent response to the prequel trilogy and a heap of issues around their spin-off line of movies – Disney likely viewed Abrams as a safe pair of hands.
His return to the directing chair also marks the second time a director has helmed a Star Wars movie more than once – George Lucas being the original.
I’m fine with Abrams taking over. He’s a safe pair of hands and will give the closure to the new trilogy a real sense of direction. Rian Johnson was also a strong shout – but there’s no way of knowing if his Episode VIII movie will resonate with audiences.
Are you happy to see J.J. Abrams return to the Star Wars fold?