J.J. ABRAMS TO WRITE AND DIRECT STAR WARS: EPISODE IX

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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.

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  1. JediTricks

    Let's instead joke about how there isn't an original idea in his head, and he's going to invite half of Hollywood to cameo in this thing. 😛

    Noted. So Episode IX is going to be a straight rip off of Return of the Jedi with all the Kardashians, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Lindsay Lohan, Miley Cyrus, Mel Gibson, Rob Schneider, David Spade, Kevin James, Adam Sandler, Charlie Sheen, Gary Busey and Pauly Shore playing cameo roles.

  2. Well, I certainly would have preferred Rian Johnson return instead of JJ. TFA is by no means a bad movie—it’s a whole lot of fun, which is what they were going for, and the new elements are the most engaging aspects. But you can tell JJ doesn’t much care about the larger Star Wars universe or story in the same way Gareth Edwards and Rian Johnson clearly do. Or maybe it just feels that way because RO and TLJ are Lucasfilm productions and had significant story group input, and JJ basically did his own thing with Bad Robot for TFA.

    JJ is also notorious (rightfully or not) for starting stories and asking questions without resolving them, or even planning on resolving them. That works well in setting up a trilogy, but may not be so great for closing out one. Then again, ROTS didn’t answer some of the questions posed by AOTC (we had to wait until 2014 to learn about Sifo-Dyas), and ROTJ tied up loose ends in ways that didn’t necessarily flow naturally from what had been set up previously (*cough* Luke and Leia *cough*). Here’s hoping that Rian set the story in a compelling enough direction that JJ can close it out well.

  3. JJ Abrams cares deeply about ripping off the beats of the larger Star Wars universe, does that count for anything? No? Like, you look at his New Coke Star Trek and it's just ripping off Star Wars left and right.

    Ohhhh, Alias.

    Lucas on the prequels commentary cleared up Sifo-Dyas, just… not the way The Clone Wars did. 😛 ("It's clearly Palpatine using a fake name" I believe was the quote.)

  4. But there are rumors of George Lucas himself (remember that guy?) wanting to direct the "last" Star Wars film, too. Why not have a contest of fan films, and the best 100 get shown randomly on screens in Dec. 2019? Or, like Clue, film and release multiple endings? "Back to the study!" [group runs towards room]

  5. There was a bottom-line scrolling story (found it on a comic book site) speculating on it, a couple weeks back. I wondered if it was just a "could-be" guess.
    ANH = written & directed by Lucas (pretty good)
    ESB = written & directed by others (excellent)
    ROJ = written by others by ghost-directed by Lucas (good)
    TPM, AOTC = written & directed by Lucas (umm…)
    ROTS = written & directed by Lucas (better)
    TFA = written & directed by others (decent)
    R1 = written & directed by others (pretty good)
    TLJ = written & directed by others (greastest film in the history of cinema, all-time boox office leader, winner of 14 Oscers)

    Pattern?