Major waves hit the Star Wars universe last week when director Colin Trevorrow was effectively fired from co-writing and directing Episode IX. There has been a lot of speculation about who the studio would tap to replace the him with for the ultimate entry in the Skywalker Saga, and it appears we have an answer. Earlier today, Lucasfilm announced that none other than Episode VII The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams would return to complete the trilogy he started.
Abrams will also co-write the film with Chris Terrio. Abrams co-wrote The Force Awakens alongside Lawrence Kasdan, so I’m not terribly worried there. Terrio on the other hand, while having an academy award for the screenplay for Argo, also co-wrote Batman v Superman. So… it’s a mixed bag? On the upside, if Kathleen Kennedy doesn’t like what he rights, she’ll just can him too.
Is it the most ideal outcome? Maybe not. Finishing a story has never been JJ Abrams’s strong suit. I mean, I literally made a big deal about that during last night’s podcast. That said, Abrams has made movies that I love, while Trevorrow made a couple “movies I’m okay with.”
So I’m choosing to be optimistic.
Star Wars Episode IX is due out
May 24, 2019 December 20, 2019.