StarWars.com has confirmed that J.J. Abrams is coming on board to write and direct Star Wars: Episode IX, which lost its Director last week due to differences of opinions. Abrams will co-write the film with Chris Terrio.
Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy commented on the move by saying, “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.”
In our latest Star Wars Time show Nick and I definitely talked about J.J. being on the shortlist, so this move doesn’t really surprise us in the least. I think it’s the best move they could have made considering the timeframe of Episode IX’s production schedule. Any other Director would have required a bit more time to ramp things up, but J.J.’s history with this trilogy should allow him to get right back into the swing of things. It’s not clear how much of the script will have to be rewritten, but considering Trevorrow’s heavy hand in it, it may need some serious attention.
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Via [Star Wars]