Rumors have been swirling as to who would replace Colin Trevorrow on ‘Star Wars: Episode IX‘ and we’ve learned that LucasFilm will be bringing back JJ Abrams (‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’,’Super 8′) to continue on with the franchise after his stellar work on ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’. Rian Johnson has been another name being thrown about to replace Trevorrow though the director apparently passed on the position. Abrams had been another frontrunner and looks to be who the studio has gone with!
While not many details were revealed, in the statement that was released Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy shared looking forward to the director’s return:
“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.”
A highly successful box office run aside, having Kennedy’s stamp of approval is highly important and arguing with her on the direction of the third film in this trilogy is rumored to be the primary reason for which Trevorrow was let go. Things are looking to be pretty strict over at Lucasfilm with ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ being the second film to lose a director this year. Previously ‘Han Solo: A Star Wars Story’ had already replaced Phil Lord and Chris Miller with Ron Howard due to what also sounded to be creative differences with the studio. While I’m sure that LucasFilm is open to some suggestions on changes, pushing for too many major ones might not leave you employed with them for too long.
At the very least, we know that LucasFilm was happy with Abrams vision for the first film and he already knows how to collaborate in the style which they prefer.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter.