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Oh Hey, J.J Abrams Is Now The Director Of Star Wars: Episode IX

So, real quickly, it appears J.J. Abrams is in the bag to direct Star Wars: Episode IX, stepping in for Collin Trevorrow who departed the project last week over “Creative differences”. The predominant rumor had been that Rian Johnson may stick around after The Last Jedi to help wrap up this trilogy, but nope, looks like J.J. Abrams is coming back to the fold. As a major fan of J.J. Abrams as a director (Super 8 is one of my favorite movies of 2011), I’m OK with this news but also kinda wishing we could have gotten someone a bit more bold and unexpected to help this forthcoming Star Wars movie.

Between the ousting of Trevorrow and Phil Lord & Chris Miller (the latter duo were let go from that Han Solo movie back in June), it’s pretty obvious Lucasfilm is having some trouble with its directors right now. While the high quality of the two new Star Wars movies and Kathleen Kennedy’s accomplishments as a producer don’t make me think this is a “The End Is Nigh” situation, it’s not a great look, no question about it. Getting Abrams back for Episode IX suggests Lucasfilm wants someone they can trust and that delivered the goods in the past instead of risking it all on newbie filmmakers. At least that means a talented guy like Abrams gets to come back into the fold, but it does mean another chance to bring in a fresh & heretofore heard creative voice into the Star Wars universe has been lost. Plus, the dire lack of female and/or PoC directors in this franchise is starting to become embarrassing, especially since the Star Wars movie that’s supposed to come out right after Episode IX (that Obi-Wan Kenobi movie) already has Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close direct Stephen Daldry onboard to helm.

Here’s to hoping J.J. Abrams does a good job with Episode IX (if he does anywhere near as good of a job with this one as he did with The Force Awakens, we should be in for a treat) and that Lucasfilm isn’t afraid to take risks on more unorthodox directorial choices in the future. I’ve thoroguhly enjoyed both of the new Star Wars movies we’ve gotten thus far and I’d hate for 2017’s Star Wars directorial turmoil (though, to be fair, Rian Johnson seems to be getting along swimmingly with the Lucasfilm brass) to be a sign of low quality Star Wars movies in our future. We’ve already got three (Four if you wanna count that Clone Wars movie from 2008) of those kinds of Star Wars movies to deal with for goodness sakes!

  • Good!

  • edibletalkingchairs .

    Damn. Haven’t seen Book Of Henry, but was hoping for the fun bigness of Jurassic World to reappear in the Star Wars universe.

  • As someone who hated TFA, I think I’m done with Disney Star Wars now. Rian Johnson gave me hope, but this just took it away again.

  • Eh. I was generally dissatisfied with TFA but didn’t hate it. Didn’t love it, either. It was a better Abrams film than NuTrek (I skipped NuTrek 2), but not as good as MI3 or Super 8. This isn’t going to ruin the series (assuming Johnson is as good as I hope), but it doesn’t really make me feel like there is anything special going on here. It’s Star Wars, for good and for bad, nothing less and nothing more.

    • Rockingoodfun

      I’m with you, Abrams is a competent but fairly meh director in my opinion. However, all of Trevorrow’s films that I’ve seen have sucked ass, so Abrams is still an improvement.

  • Balthazar Bee

    If someone had told me ten years ago we’d be getting a new trilogy, bookended by films helmed by Abrams, starring (or at least featuring) the original cast, my current level of indifference towards the series would’ve seemed impossible.

    Weren’t there rumblings that the higher-ups weren’t exactly thrilled at the direction Johnson seems to have taken The Last Jedi? The fact that they don’t appear to have asked him back is actually pretty encouraging, as far as it goes; maybe the series is finally going to produce another Empire.

    But after that, is history going to repeat itself, with a weak-ass course correction and a repetitive, dramatically inert final installment?

    More non-Death Star Death Stars?

    More family connections?

    • Is Abrams writing the screenplay? I doubt that he’ll make gigantic story changes at this point, although maybe I’m wrong. My gut says that if the story of Episode IX was going to be derivative of the original Star Wars trilogy, it was going to be like that regardless of Trevorrow or Abrams in the director’s seat.

      • Balthazar Bee

        Looks that way — starwars.com is saying “write and direct.”

        • Dammit. I liked The Force Awakens enough, and I thought Abrams was a reasonably good choice for a nostalgic, fan-assuring first entry, but I don’t want his hands all over the subsequent films!

      • This is my thought as well. If you follow story logic, once ⅔ of said story is already done, there’s not one hell of a lot of ways the last third can go. My feeling/hope here is that JJ has enough confidence in said story logic that he’ll play things out as they have to, and keep the lens flares under control.

      • He’s writing it with Chris Terrio, who helped write both Argo and Batman v Superman.

    • jroberts548

      But the last death star was as big as a planet. How is he going to top that?

      The new Death Star will be built inside an actual star.

      • Drunk Napoleon

        “Maybe the Death Star was inside us all along.”

      • DJ JD

        “The First Order’s new space station is the Death Dyson Sphere. You can see it from here, actually! No, no, you don’t need a telescope; it’s that
        very large dot right *there.* No, it’s not anywhere nearby, it’s just so large that you can see it from pretty much anywhere in the galaxy. Why does it emit light? Good question! They used the star inside the sphere, but they also put all the Death Star generators in there so whenever they aren’t blowing up stars (they moved past planets) they have to shine as bright as two hundred stars or else the whole thing melts down.

        “Guess what your mission is?”

        • The Ploughman

          Imagine all the lens flares outta that thing.

  • Defense Against The Dark Arts

    I called it! Well…to no one but myself, but I thought somehow Abrams would work his way back into the directors chair. It’s the safe choice and there are billions of dollars on the line, so it’s not too surprising. Again, my big gripe is, these movies (and movies like these) will automatically be big hits, try something new. Swing for the fences. Abrams didn’t do that with TFA.

  • EdEr

    I called it! Well…to no one but myself, but I thought somehow Abrams would work his way back into the directors chair. It’s the safe choice and there are billions of dollars on the line, so it’s not too surprising. Again, my big gripe is, these movies (and movies like these) will automatically be big hits, try something new. Swing for the fences. Abrams didn’t do that with TFA.

    • DJ JD

      I’m confused.

  • justin

    Very pleased to see very much justified Super 8 love happening in the comment section