FanDirect: Who Do You Want to See Helm ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’

Yesterday, the world was treated to a shock when it was announced that Colin Trevorrow would no longer direct Star Wars Episode IX. Since then numerous names have popped up suggesting who might replace him. So we’ve retooled FanCast slightly to ask the question: Who should helm Episode IX?

My Pick: Rian Johnson

The man has made one solid film (Looper) and is already helming The Last Jedi. Why not just sign him up to continue the storyline for one more film? He was originally set to write the treatment for Episode IX, so who says that he can’t come back and do it.

What’s your pick for which director should helm the final episode in their sequel trilogy?

  • Cap_N_Jack

    Yep. This. I think Rogue One and Han Solo could have justified the concept of spinoffs to Star Wars by being, respectively, a dark war epic and a witty adventure-comedy. Instead, we are getting studios stepping in to keep the brand pure which to me, only serves to dilute it further with more mediocre films.

  • Tanis11

    Well said Cap….the hype died for me with Rogue One. I think if they had let it go the darker route as intended it would’ve been so much better. I have…0 desire and probably won’t even go see the Han spin off….did not want that one. Having said that, I am excited for the next episode, but I am over the spinoffs already.

  • DryButSoupy

    I came here to say the same thing…half-joking yet half-serious.

  • George Lucas.

  • DropYourLinen

    I’ll bring the shovels. You bring the sandwiches.

  • Manuel Orozco

    Fair enough

  • Larry Version 3

    I was 3 so I didn’t get into it around 2005-6

  • Manuel Orozco

    I was 9 when the first movie came out on video and I’m 24 now.

  • Larry Version 3

    Haha yeah I was like that with HP as well XD

  • Manuel Orozco

    Thanks I guess for understanding. The end of the Harry Potter series was the beginning of my young adulthood as well. I mean do you have any idea how tough outgrowing from something you thought was really cool when you were a kid/teenager can be?

  • Larry Version 3

    Lol what a feels trip. Didn’t expect this.

  • ResonanceCascade

    I’m waiting to see how The Last Jedi turns out to decide if I’m still excited about Star Wars or not. Going from feeling like Lucasfilm has got this shit to feeling like they have no idea what they’re doing has sucked.

    I liked The Force Awakens and Rogue One, but it definitely feels like there’s no one with a vision guiding all of this. Kathleen Kennedy is clearly petrified of making a shitty movie, but there’s no indication that she and her team will take a risk and stretch themselves to (attempt to) make a bold, great one. I hope the series has a future beyond lukewarm blue milk.

  • Manuel Orozco

    Fair enough.

  • Same here. I saw the SW movies at an earlier age, but the MCU is basically what got me into comic books and Pop Culture in general

  • I think they do, at this point SW is such a big brand that people would care about anything that has SW stuff they know about in it and the SW logo slapped on it…

  • Manuel Orozco

    It was my junior year of high school but this past summer it made me feel all emotional and nostalgic like if shutting Disney Channel out of my life was the most painful decision a kid at heart could ever make. But by the time the world said goodbye, my fandoms with both shows already fell apart. In a way 2011 was my transition to young adulthood just one year before graduating from the most pivotal point of education. Luckily that has now changed thanks to Raven’s Home, Tangled and Liv & Maddie.

  • Larry Version 3

    Haha its okay XD

  • Manuel Orozco

    Sorry to go off topic a little but I thought I bring those two up. Which is why I outgrew from Disney Channel for six years until this past summer.

  • Thinking outside the box

  • Manuel Orozco

    5 years indeed. When I think of 2011, other goodbyes that come to mind that I actually missed out on was Suite Life and Hannah Montana.

  • Manuel Orozco

    No thanks I’m good

  • Larry Version 3

    Star Wars meets 2001.

    What a crazy end to a trilogy that would be XD

  • Larry Version 3

    Exactly my thoughts. That filmed was labelled ‘the end of an era.’ That end lasted a good 5 years XD

  • Fantastic Beasts is quite good. Definitely setting up for a good storyline. Worthy of a watch if you’re a fan of the HP series.

  • Yeah most of these spin offs seem pointless. Sure Han Solo has a huge fan following but without Harrison in the role, are people really caring for this film?

  • Manuel Orozco

    Oh bummer! I didn’t actually see Fantastic Beasts because I am not 100% in favor of the prequel idea and I felt quits after Deathly Hallows believing it was time for me to move on.

  • I literally googled this to see whether he was still alive but super old or passed away long ago. 1999 deceased it was.

  • Not a bad choice but I think he’ll be busy with Fantastic Beasts until 2025 at least. He’s signed to direct all 5.

  • Manuel Orozco

    I’m a much bigger fan of MCU than Star Wars. You know what they say generation gap

  • Manuel Orozco

    I don’t know but he can bring some of the visual spectacle he brought to Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

  • Manuel Orozco

    Well I’m cautiously excited myself and I’m not turning back now.

  • The Last Jedi will be the turning point for myself and probably many others… If it’s not great and if it doesn’t give us anything new I won’t come back for EP9, at least not in theaters

  • Kemosabe

    Edgar Wright.

  • Manuel Orozco

    It would surprise me if Rian comes back. But seeing Last Jedi should decide if we want him back on the director’s chair.

  • I’m still very much an MCU fan but I agree, this franchise-first film making where they are only trying to establish a brand is really tiring…
    Personally, I’m way more exited for the new Rebels season than the upcoming SW movies (Han Solo solo movie?!?!?! Seriously…?)

  • Agreed about Rian Johnson, just let him do both films so there’s at least some kind of overall vision. Plus, between Looper and Brick, he has a pretty great track record.

  • Manuel Orozco

    I pick David Yates because he brought the Harry Potter series out with a bang! He might be able to bring the sequel trilogy the epic and possibly bittersweet conclusion it deserves.

  • Cap_N_Jack

    Too soon.

    *googles kubrick

    Oh wait, not too soon…

  • Stanley Kubrick

  • Cap_N_Jack

    I find, surprisingly, that I don’t care. I predicted, when they announced the schedule of Star Wars films and spinoffs that hype fatigue would set in and then burn out thanks to so many Star Wars projects. Then things got weirder with a series of behind the scenes mishaps culminating in two director firings amicable departures, on solid retread of the original trilogy and one really over-produced, disjointed spinoffs. I think this, coupled with the DC, Marvel, and general cinematic universe fatigue means for the first time in my life I don’t really care about new Star Wars films at all.

    Bring on more films in line with Looper, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and Safety Not Guaranteed. Rather than see Nolan, Cuaron, or Aranofsky’s names on a project like this, I’d rather see more of Dunkirk, Children of Men, and the Wrestler.