It looks as though J.J. Abrams can’t get enough Star Wars, and it also appears that Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy can’t get enough of Abrams…or the money he’s brought to the company with The Force Awakens, at the very least. With Jurassic World‘s Colin Trevorrow making a surprising but welcome departure from the Episode IX project, speculation has been rampant about who would, or should, direct the film.
We didn’t have to wait long, as Lucasfilm posted the following to StarWars.com on September 12th:
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.
What I will say of J.J.’s role in Episode IX is that I’m not as worried as most about a Return of the Jedi rehash in the same vein that some people see The Force Awakens as a New Hope one. It’s a lot harder to rehash something like Jedi, the sole reason for this being that Jedi tells multiple stories at one time, and so for IX to be seen as a rehash would mean that every story being told is identical to those in Jedi. I have enough faith in Abrams as a creator to avoid such amateurish storytelling in what is going to be a hotly-anticipated conclusion (supposedly) to the sequel trilogy. This is the same reason I trust Rian Johnson with The Last Jedi.
Speaking of Rian Johnson, it was also reported that Johnson was offered the writer and director spot first, though he turned down the offer. One can safely assume that this is due to the fact that the film is due to release on December 20th, 2019, in just over two years, and Johnson is historically a director who prefers to have an abundance of time to work on his films.
Source : StarWars.com