Ever since Lucas Films was bought by Disney on October 30th, 2012, some of the die heard Star Wars fans had their doubts, but with amazing films such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rogue One, and the forthcoming The Last Jedi, everybody is eager for the next instalment in the newest trilogy, to finish off the trio of successful Disney-Lucas Films, (aka the Star Wars films from Episodes 7-9), and we are no different.
The news broke yesterday that the director of The Force Awakens, J.J. Abrams will get the directorial nod for Episode IX (9), which is still yet untitled, but according to Variety, J.J. Abrams will return to round off the latest trilogy produced by Disney Lucas Films. This is good news!
Since J.J. Abrams did a wonderful job bringing back authenticity and a new lease of life and style to the Star Wars franchise, it should come as no surprise that the finale of this newest trilogy will be the work of J.J. Abrams once again.
Previous director Colin Trevorrow couldn’t see eye to eye on the script of the last instalment in the Star Wars trilogy, and decided it would be best to part ways before he got too far into the pre-production. Thankfully, J.J. Abrams is back to pick up the slack! Not only will he direct Episode IX, but he will also co-write the film with Chris Terrio, according to a press release on StarWars.com. Kathleen Kennedy said, “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”.
So are we! The plan was for Episode IX to start filming in February of 2018, but with Trevorrow being replaced with J.J. Abrams, the shooting schedule may now need to be pushed back in order to accommodate the replacement, and a start date is still yet to be confirmed. J.J. Abrams and Chris Terrio are most definitely inside the writers room right now, literally as we write this, trying to get things ready for Episode IX.
The Force Awakens broke multiple box office records, and Rogue One was another box office hit, but Lucas Films and Disney have had some issues with directors, going back to when Tony Gilroy had to step in to shoot a bunch of extras for Rogue One, so it hasn’t always been smooth sailing despite the great films that they produced. That being said, they’ve already moved past Josh Trank from a standalone Star Wars film, and also parted ways with Phil Lord and Chris Miller by replacing them with director Ron Howard for the ‘Untitled Han Solo’ film, set for release sometime in 2018.
Lucas Films and Disney are happy to stick with someone who has a track record of completing films on time, who hasn’t committed to any other directorial works, apart from producing films (including the next Cloverfield film), and working with somebody who knows the Star Wars story incredibly well.
So there you have it! J.J. Abrams and Star Wars is a match made in heaven, and since we can’t just leave you without something to watch, here’s that teaser trailer for The Last Jedi again. It’ll be coming to cinemas on the 15th of December, 2017. Yes, it’s not directed by J.J. Abrams, but doesn’t it still look good?
Brainstain, over and out!
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