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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

JJ Abrams Will Return to Write and Direct 'Episode IX'

Just a week after announcing that Colin Trevorrow would no longer be directing 'Star Wars: Episode IX,' Lucasfilm (via StarWars.com) have found a very familiar face to replace him as writer and director: JJ Abrams, director of The Force Awakens and executive producer of The Last Jedi.
This announcement also quietly revealed that the film has moved back to its original release date of Christmas 2019 (December 20, to be exact). In June, the film was pushed forward to May 2019; the Original Trilogy and Prequel Trilogy all opened in May, and it seemed like the untitled Han Solo (May 25, 2018) and Episode IX would return the franchise to its May tradition. Now each installment in the Sequel Trilogy will be opening on Christmas, two years apart.

Despite famous criticisms of "remaking" A New Hope with The Force Awakens, Abrams is hardly a bad choice to fill Trevorrow's shoes. He knows how to make a successful Star Wars movie better than anyone else in Hollywood, and he's more than capable of bringing the character arcs of Rey, Finn, Luke, and Kylo Ren to a close.
So it's not hard to imagine why Kathleen Kennedy sought out Abrams as a quick replacement for Trevorrow. It took her seven days to pin down Abrams and two days (back in June) to announce Ron Howard as the new director of Han Solo, after announcing Phil Lord and Christopher Miller's departures; even if you think that she's firing too many directors, you can't deny that she knows how to get reliable, experienced replacements just as fast.

However, Abrams' return is a bit of a missed opportunity. Though Rian Johnson was the top pick to replace Trevorrow, many fans were also clamoring for the franchise's first female or POC director, including Ava DuVernay (Selma, A Wrinkle in Time) and Patty Jenkins (MonsterWonder Woman and its sequel). 

Maybe it made more sense to hire someone as familiar with the Sequel Trilogy as Abrams, and inevitably someone who's not a caucasian man will direct a Star Wars movie in the future, but it would have been nice to see this happen sooner.

What do you think of Abrams returning to write and direct Episode IX? Who was your top pick to replace Trevorrow? Tell me in the comments or tweet to @SithObserver, and may the Force be with you all.

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  1. oops i am not a fan of star wars. can you please update or review on other series or films too so that you can get more visitors and readers. thanks

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