In a press release issued earlier in the day, Disney confirmed that J.J Abrams will return to direct Star Wars Episode IX.
The film had an empty director’s chair since previous filmmaker Colin Trevorrow and Lucasfilm parted ways a week ago.
Some would point their fist to the skies and shout “noooooo” from the very bottom of their souls, while others will play Mos Eisley’s cantina song and dance all day. The announcement does not come without controversy.
An incredibly talented artist, Abrams is responsible for reviving two of the biggest Sci-fi franchises of all time.
He successfully updated Star Trek in 2009 and in 2015, made Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the third highest-grossing film ever only behind James Cameron’s Avatar and Titanic.
Although a director with an indisputable box-office magical touch, his films are often criticized for being overly derivative and unnecessary cautious.
The Force Awakens was an extremely polarizing affair, praised for its incessant pace and nostalgic tone, and equally berated for being a lukewarm copycat of the four-decades-old original film.
The saga set in a galaxy far, far way has lost so far four directors in the past two years.
The reshuffling started in 2016, when reports during post-production signalled creative tensions between Lucasfilm and Rogue One helmer Gareth Edwards, with Bourne Legacy’s Tony Gilroy stepping in for extensive re-shoots.
Just past June, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were kicked out from the upcoming Han Solo spin-off, citing clashing visions over the project.
Allegedly, the pair wanted to infuse the film with a dose of humour and slapstick comedy that producer and Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy wasn’t digging at all.
Abrams’ Star Wars film will follow Episode VIII Star Wars: The Last Jedi, scheduled to hit theaters worldwide on December 15 this year. Below is the original press release:
“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.