J.J. Abrams Returns To Write And Direct Star Wars: Episode IX With New Release Date

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It looks like Lucasfilm and Disney are going to stick with what works for the yet untitled Star Wars: Episode IX.

It was announced today that J.J. Abrams will return to co-write and direct the third film in this Star Wars trilogy.  For the 2015’s The Force Awakens, Abrams’ partnered with longtime Star Wars scribe Laurence Kasdan. Since Kasdan has since retired, he will be writing the script with Chris Terrio. Terrio is best known for his work on 2012’s Argo. He also co-wrote Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice with David S. Goyer and is a co-writer of November’s Justice League with Joss Whedon.

So make of that what you will.

Last week, the not all surprising news broke that Colin Trevorrow was exiting the project. By joining this project, Abrams will become the first director outside of George Lucas to helm multiple Star Wars films.

Lucasfilm had this to say about Abrams return.

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.

In addition to Abrams taking over the writer/director duties for the film, it looks like fans are going to have to wait a bit longer than planned to see Episode IX. 

In order to give time for Abrams and Terrio to write the new script and prep for filming, the film’s release has been delayed by about seven months.

Originally Episode IX was supposed to debut on May 24th, 2019. It has been moved to a Christmastime release on December 20th, 2019.

Of course, this movie is not without its drawbacks. By moving the film to December 20th, Star Wars will go into competition with Wonder Woman 2, which will be released on December 13th.

It’s Amazon vs Jedi people. Although moving the film to a December release makes a lot more sense, Star Wars films have getting December releases just feel right at this point, you know?

Bec Heim

Bec Heim

Senior Editor at 4YE
Rebecca "Bec" Heim is the Senior Editor for 4YE. She has a BA in English Literature from the University of Scranton. She also has an MA in Film-Radio-Television from Syracuse University and an MFA in Screenwriting from Boston University. She enjoys reading through her ever growing mountain of books, talking way too much about superheroes, and trying to reach transcendental state.
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