J.J. Abrams has officially taken over for Colin Trevorrow to write and direct ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’…
J.J. Abrams is back in a galaxy far, far away…
On Tuesday, Lucasfilm announced that Abrams will return to write and direct ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ due out on May 24, 2019.
Abrams replaces Colin Trevorrow, who split with the ‘Star Wars’ franchise more than a week ago after creative differences with the studio that ultimately led to his departure.
Abrams directed ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, which relaunched the franchise after Disney bought Lucasfilm and decided to do a new trilogy series picking up the story from the original ‘Star Wars’ films written and directed by George Lucas.
“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.
Abrams was a front runner to take over ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ as soon as Trevorrow left the project.
Not only did Abrams help re-introduce ‘Star Wars’ with ‘The Force Awakens’ but the film did massive business at the box office and was a beloved favorite amongst critics.
Now Abrams will return to close out the story he started while co-writing the script alongside Chris Terrio, who also worked on ‘Batman V. Superman’ as well as the upcoming ‘Justice League’ movie.