– by Joseph Jammer Medina

UPDATE: Disney and Lucasfilm has since released a confirmation that J.J. Abrams would be returning to direct Star Wars: Episode 9.

“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.”


Last week, Lucasfilm revealed that Colin Trevorrow, the man behind such films as Jurassic World, The Book of Henry, and Safety Not Guaranteed, would NOT be directing Star Wars: Episode 9. This is after two years of us knowing he would be taking the helm for the iconic space fantasy.

The reason was reportedly Trevorrow’s attitude. In short, he had a big ego and was very difficult to work with. While this isn’t exactly a trait that’s restricted to him, over at Lucasfilm, if you rub president Kathleen Kennedy the wrong way, you’re fighting an uphill battle, and apparently, Kennedy wasn’t too thrilled to be working with him in Episode 9. It’s unclear if there was an event that prompted the firing of Trevorrow, but regardless, he was out.

RELATED: Star Wars: Episode 9 – The Reason Behind Trevorrow’s Firing

When rumors started to spread about who would take his place, the discussion immediately went to the likes of Rian Johnson and J.J. Abrams, the only other two directors who worked well with Lucasfilm with little to no interference. Earlier this week, Johnson seemed to decline any plans to return to direct Episode 9, and a new report from Deadline suggests that Johnson was indeed offered the gig, but turned it down.

According to the outlet, Disney is now courting the other familiar director, J.J. Abrams. They are reportedly set to work out a deal today, so as to get him back on board as soon as possible.

While Abrams is known for his extensive TV and film work, he’s also very well known for ushering in the new era of Star Wars. With Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he successfully set the tone for the future of the franchise, and unleashed a new world of excitement onto a new generation of fans. The film went on to gross over $2 billion worldwide — a mammoth success by any standards.

Given all the trouble Lucasfilm has had with directors in the past (Josh Trank, Gareth Edwards, Phil Lord, Chris Miller, Colin Trevorrow), you can’t exactly blame them for wanting to return to a safe, quality choice. But is it the right choice for them to close out this sequel trilogy? Well, first things first, we’ll have to wait and see if this deal even goes through.

What do you think of this potential choice? Is it the right one for the franchise? Let us know your thoughts down below!

Star Wars: Episode 9 is slated to release on December 20, 2019.

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SOURCE: Deadline

  • The Graz

    Well thats fantastic news 🙂

  • Facebook User

    hopefully he brings a bit more originality to this installment. i get what happened in the force awakens but he should try and create something fresher and less retread. that said as a company its a logical choice since Johnson didnt want to do it

    • bickle2

      You haven’t watched his other stuff have you. He doesn’t understand any of these properties.

      It’s quite obvious Luke will turn to the Darkside in the next movie, and that Leo was supposed to save both him and Kylo in the third. Now that Carrie Fisher is gone, it’s obvious this will now fall to the female cardboard cutout. The writing of these things is so lazy, so predictable, thinking that he will produce anything else is delusional.

      • Mad Barchetta

        I didn’t realize DiCaprio was going to be in the next two movies…

        • Ryan Fink


      • Facebook User

        not saying i disagree with anything you said either .. just that if you arent going to let directors do there thing then this is what you will get safe stories that are a retread of eachother… its what marvel does basically anyways

        • bickle2

          That’s all TFA was. Except Marvel isn’t Full of all his continuity violations, ignorance of things like distances, and pays extremely close attention to being faithful to his IP. JJ Abrams has always shown an entire lazy contempt for such things.

          People need to realize he’s a hack, that he’s too lazy to put forth slightest effort to get it right. I could literally sit him down for two hours and point out to him every single lazy mistake he made and the Star Trek/wars movies That could’ve been fixed had he given one tiny pebble of a shit. Just because people have the lowest of standards and the attention span of a gnat doesn’t excuse it when it’s just as easy to be good as bad.

  • Black dynamite

    Ughhh. JJ’s movies are like going to McDonald’s – it’s a great idea when you’re starving, but upon repeat visits you realize it’s not that good.

  • bickle2

    There is no quality. He raped Star Trek and then produced a piss poor sloppy piece of SW fan wank. The only people who like to TFA were the ones whacking off to Han Solo.

    In a just world he’d be in prison.

  • Kindofabigdeal

    So lets see. There’s going to be a forest planet (not Endor) that will be the location of the new Starkiller Base 2.0 (not Deathstar) and the Resistance (not Rebellion) will have to fly inside “ze planet core” to destroy the thing. Rey will abandon the operation because she’s afraid Kylo (not Vader) will sense her and put them all in jeopardy. Meanwhile Poe and Finn meet primitive locals (not Ewoks) who will help them fight the First Order (not Empire).

    • Clarence Bricklyne

      Don’t forget the Ewoks……er….. I mean,… the Porgs.

      They’ll somehow defeat laser-gun armed storm-troopers with their bows-and-arrows and slingshots.

      Edit : Oh, I see, you didn’t forget them.
      You’re good, you.
      Disney should hire you to NOT re-make the Ewoks…..er…..Porgs, TV show.

  • ejd1984

    no, No, and………NO

    Force Awakens had no originality at all. It was just a rehash of A New Hope.

    In addition to Abrams non-original disaster of Star Trek Into Darkness.

    Here’s a novel idea. GEORGE LUCAS!

    • Mad Barchetta

      I’ll say NO just as hard to Lucas. Watching the prequels and even the original Star Wars, I believe Lucas does poorly at getting impressive performances from his actors. Certainly, we’re better off without him writing dialogue, at which he is is even worse, but his directing skills really only seem to excel in the visual realm. Much like Zach Snyder, he gets beautiful visuals. But elevating actors? Nope!

    • Kronx

      Lucas would never, in a million years, do it. They threw out his story plan for the trilogy. He’s been gracious, but you can read his resentment between the lines when he talks about TFA.

  • Brian Moran

    [expletive deleted] NO!!!

    • Clarence Bricklyne

      You need to be in character and in franchise mode when you say that…

      (*clears throat)….ahem….

      (*in Darth Vader voice)…


  • Mad Barchetta

    Not excited about this. I enjoyed TFA well enough, but I think JJ is showing a trend towards recycling old ideas, whether he just lacks creativity of his own or for some other reason. When working with established properties, he seems to struggle to think outside of the box. I get why they are going back to a known quantity with him, but it’s a little concerning if Kennedy is choosing her talent based on personalities, rather than skill/talent.
    Frankly, I’m not terribly sure who else I would get, though. Ridley Scott is great, but his style doesn’t fit. Too dour and serious. Darren Aronovsky….probably WAY too trippy, despite his impressive body of work. Soderbergh could be fun….missed opportunity: Han Solo heist prequel! Could have a nice ironic title like Solo’s 10! Eh…maybe not. How Shane Black, instead? I’m sure he could cut out the F-bombs for a nice payday, right?

    A couple fun choices that Lucasfilm doesn’t know directly, but who have worked within Disney: James Gunn (although I think he prefers working in his own sandbox and is probably tied up), Jon Favreau (also busy), Kennth Branagh…maybe…dude has some chops, but probably wouldn’t do it.

    Brad Bird! Right? Right? He’d knock it right the hell outta the park!

    But he’s probably busy too…

    Guess it just sometimes comes down to best available option.

    • softiehotpants

      Brad Bird!

  • Lenin1959

    Death Star 3.0 confirmed! Snoke will be Sidious after a date with the core in Return of the Jedi! Luke went mad after making out with Leia who became pregnant and gave the baby away – yes, it is Rey! That’s why she is so powerful: a kid of Anakin’s children of “pure blood” (say hello to Game of Thrones). Also expect a very weak story that gets written during the shooting but great scenerey, solid acting, and shallow entertainment.

    The sequel trilogy is doomed.

  • Duck O’Death

    Think JJ will loosen up much more with Episode 9. With Episode 7 he had the monumental task of entertaining current Star Wars fans, bringing old ones back who hated the prequels, attracting new fans, starting a new Disney property, and many others. I think the directive was to keep it exciting but keep it SAFE. That said The Force Awakens was an average/good Star Wars films with 2 great scenes, but overall it lacked a bit of life. I was never a Star Trek fan but think JJ’s 2 films showed a much more exciting side of him than his Episode 7 did. Now that things have settled a bit I think JJ will be more relaxed and make a much more exciting film for Episode 9.

    • Jeremy Alexander

      I agree, I think he will have much more freedom to make the film his own instead of the intentional homage they went for in E7, which was the right thing to do for the series imho. It feels good to have him back to close the new trilogy and hopefully he will have some good material to work with from RIan Johnson.

    • Moby85

      This is the hope, and the best case scenario.

  • Jeremy Alexander

    It’s probably the best choice. E7 was a good film. People can make fun of how closely it resembled E4, but those same people will defend ROTJ which did exactly the same thing. I have no idea where the irrational hatred of JJ Abrams came from. As someone nearing 40, I grew up with Star Trek and Star Wars and I thought he did a fine job with both franchises, lens flare and all. On top of that he’s been behind some of the best science fiction put to screen in the last few years from Fringe to the underrated Cloverfield films. I’m glad he’s coming back and I sure as shit trust him more than two guys best known for a 21 Jump Street reboot and a guy that made arguably the worst Jurrassic Park sequel and a few other flops.

    • the50sguystrikesback

      {“I have no idea where the irrational hatred of JJ Abrams came from”}

      It’s a combination of HATERS and the fact that fanboys just THINK they know what should go into a Star Wars movie…WHICH THEY DON’T.

  • M@rvel

    Hell yes!!!! just what I was hoping for. JJ is going to make another beautiful Star Wars film.

  • Clarence Bricklyne


    What a cop-out by Disney/Kennedy.

    Safe, paint-by-numbers, derivative, unoriginal, ‘sposion-ey, (and possibly Return of the Jedi re-hash) crap-fest coming your way, whether you’re ready for it or not.

    I can’t wait to see the Porgs (with all their cuteness), take down Super-Duper Death Star….er….. I mean… StarKiller Base 2.0.

    The best part will definitely be the dance number at the end.

    Oooh, I can’t wait.

  • Markros

    Withholding opinion until I see whether Last Jedi is great or not. If it isn’t, then it may not matter much anyhow.

  • Clarence Bricklyne

    Plot Twist!!!!:

    All of you naysayers who think he’s just going to do a lame unoriginal re-hash of Return of the Jedi…

    ….jokes on you…..

    …it’s going to be a lame unoriginal re-hash of Star Trek : Into Darkness.

  • Daniel O’Connell

    It will be a carbon copy of return of the Jedi. Just like the last piece of shite, with an even bigger death star yet again

  • Victor Roa

    it could be worse. On the positive he did bring back a lot of traditional crew….. and then fucked it up with unnecessary tracking shots that added motion blur and everyone in the theater was like “hey wait huh? uh and now we are running? Okay, I guess.”

  • Moby85

    Look, I had no problem with JJ’s direction in Star Wars 7. Besides the story points, his film did FEEL Star Wars. So I am not worried that of course he can do that again. But yes, with TLJ already feeling a bit too much like Empire the fear is that JJ will fall into his old habits.

    He is; however, a clear upgrade over Trevorrow in pure talent.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.