By Shawn Rice
J.J. Abrams is coming back to finish what he started with the new Star Wars trilogy. But, his return to directing and writing will cause a delay. The “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” filmmaker will return to the franchise to direct “Star Wars: Episode IX” after the exit of former director, Colin Trevorrow.
In a statement, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy says: “I am so excited that he is coming back to close out this trilogy. 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.”
The altered release date comes on the same day Lucasfilm confirmed that J.J. Abrams will now take over directorial duties on the upcoming Star Wars film, following in his work as director on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Abrams will co-write Episode IX alongside Chris Terrio.
Abrams will also co-write the film with Chris Terrio. Trevorrow exited the project after issues with the script persisted throughout development. Jack Thorne was tapped to work on the script, how much of his will now remain is unclear.
Previously set for a May 24th 2019 release date, the film will now open on December 20th 2019. Disney is moving in Guy Ritchie’s live-action “Aladdin” to take the vacated May 24th slot. ‘Episode IX’, taking the December berth that has become the norm for “Star Wars” films in recent years, is now scheduled to open up against the long in-development “Wicked” film and just one week after “Wonder Woman 2”.
Even if the timing hasn’t gone exactly according to plan, releasing Star Wars films during the holiday season doesn’t seem to have hurt Disney’s numbers. Both The Force Awakens and Rogue One were wildly profitable at the box office.
Prior reports suggested The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson was being eyed to helm Episode IX, the prospect of which he cast doubt on earlier this week.
What do you think about Abrams returning to the Star Wars franchise? Are you excited by the choice and do you mind the delay? Or, did you have another choice in mind? Let us know in the comments section.
Photo Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm
Source:: Business 2 Community