Intergalactic Rumor: JJ Abrams Could Return to Direct 'Star Wars: Episode IX'

Wednesday, 18 March 2015 08:41 Written by  iamrogue
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Intergalactic Rumor: JJ Abrams Could Return to Direct 'Star Wars: Episode IX'

With nine months until Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we already have a decent idea of what the next two years of Star Wars look like. 

Gareth Edwards directs Felicity Jones in 2016's standalone movie Rogue One, after which Rian Johnson takes over the primary saga as the writer-director of Star Wars: Episode VIII, due May 2017.  Then, in 2018, we'll see another mysterious spinoff, this one directed by Josh Trank.

But what of Star Wars: Episode IX, the climax of this new trilogy kicking off the Disney era of Star Wars?  Since it's never too early for rumors from a galaxy far, far away, we've got a humdinger today, a possible scoop on the frontrunner to direct Episode IX, due in 2019.

Who could it be?  None other than JJ Abrams, who is currently deep inside the Mystery Box in post-production on The Force Awakens.

For the last year or so, there have been plenty of rumors of issues between Abrams and Disney, including stories of his attempts to delay the release date until May 2016 and his reluctance to cut a teaser trailer more than a year out from release.  Despite these tales, which may be spurious anyways, Latino Review claims "there’s a good chance that JJ Abrams will be back to direct Star Wars: Episode IX."

According to LR, Disney is so happy with what it has seen of The Force Awakens that Abrams is the frontrunner for the finale of the trilogy.

How real is this?  Hard to say.  Abrams is in the middle of the maelstrom, making one of the most anticipated movies of all time, and it's unlikely he'll make up his mind one way or the other until after his first Star Wars movie hits theaters this December 18th.  He's not a part of the production teams on either Rogue One or Episode VII, but he is an executive producer.

“I wouldn’t say VIII and IX are my baby, Rian will be working at least on 8, but I’m executive producing those films, yeah," Abrams said last month.

An added wrinkle: when we first heard about Rian Johnson joining the trilogy, word was that he'd already written an Episode IX treatment and could very well direct that sequel, as well.

Star Wars: Episode IX is still four years away, and Disney is keeping a lot of targeting droids in the air as it juggles entries in the nascent Star Wars Cinematic Universe.  So in the short term, we'll probably hear denials (or stonewalling silence) from Abrams & Co.  Eventually, we'll discover just who ends up behind the camera on Episode IX, but it's simply too early to say one way or the other.

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