‘Star Wars: Episode 9’: J.J. Abrams to Write & Direct, Release Date Delayed

Lucasfilm has revealed who it is that will be taking over directing duties on Star Wars: Episode IX.

Filmmaker J.J. Abrams is set to return to the franchise after kicking off the new Star Wars trilogy with 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Lucasfilm announced that not only will Abrams be directing Episode 9, he’ll also be writing the screenplay alongside Chris Terrio (Argo, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice).

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

Abrams’ hiring follows the split between Lucasfilm and Jurassic World helmer Colin Trevorrow. “Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process,” Lucasfilm announced earlier this month, “but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ.”

Deadline reports that Star Wars: The Last Jedi helmer Rian Johnson (Looper) was in Lucasfilm’s sights to return for Episode 9, but the fillmmaker “decided not to take the offer”.

Seeing as Trevorrow had been attached to the project for around a year prior to his exit, it’s no surprise to learn that the film’s planned release date is being changed to give Abrams the necessary amount of development time. Star Wars: Episode IX, which was initially set for US release on 29 May 2019, is now scheduled to hit US cinemas on 20 December 2019.

So, what do you think? Is it a good idea to bring Abrams back? Or should Lucasfilm be taking a few more chances with different types of filmmakers? Hit the comments section below and share your thoughts.