J. J. Abrams Returning to Direct ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’

Clendenin, Jay –– B581318697Z.1 BEVERLY HILLS, CA––JUNE 5, 2011––Writer and director J.J. Abrams is photographed during promotion of his upcoming film, "Super 8," at the Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hlls, June 5, 2011. (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)

It’s official. Per StarWars.com comes the announcement:

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 are your thoughts on this news? I know a lot of people have their issues with Abrams’ take on The Force Awakens so sound off in the comments below.

  • Just glad you’re still sticking around, even if it’s just lurking : )

  • DryButSoupy

    And the first act will be a rescue mission to save whomever gets captured at the end of The Last Jedi.

  • Chris Terrio has me more optimistic about Return of the Jedi Returns.

  • DrizzRizz

    I am one of those millennials. The OT consists of objectively better made movies, especially the scripts. You can see some of huge problems with the PT start to bubble to the surface in ROTJ, but nowhere near the same extent as the films in the PT. That being said, If I were to rank the films… ESB, ANH, TFA, ROTS, ROTJ, RO, TPM…………………. AOTC

  • Manuel Orozco

    Now you know

  • 8:30PM EST. check in then

  • Hey look I’m not alone!

  • Kemosabe
  • Manuel Orozco

    Maybe Abrams can be what David Hayes gave to Harry Potter and give the trilogy the conclusion it deserves.

  • Manuel Orozco

    Precisely what I’m thinking right now

  • Manuel Orozco

    That’s rather awesome that JJ is returning to the director’s chair. Force Awakens in my opinion is the best Star Wars movie yet!

  • ResonanceCascade

    It would be interesting to survey people by age and see how they rank things. The prequels are definitely quite popular, but I suspect that even millennials who grew up with them generally prefer the OT.

  • Be nice. I’m about to drop something you were asking for Kemo!

  • Now of course the question is which SW trilogy did you grow up with. I think that really makes the difference. My friend grew up in the prequel era so that trilogy ranks above the OT in his eyes.

  • Joe Newman

    I’m completely cool with this. I wonder if Rian will have any input.

  • Joe Newman

    I refuse to even rewatch AOTC unless it’s an Obi-Wan solo scene. For example, the Jango Fett fight or the diner. It’s the worst.

  • ResonanceCascade

    Mine is: ANH, ESB, ROTJ, ROTS, TFA, RO, TPM, AoTC

    When TFA came out I had Revenge of the Sith lower, but that movie has really grown on me over the years.

    And it’s always tough to choose between ANH and ESB, but I just have a little more fun with ANH, despite ESB doing a lot of things better.

  • ResonanceCascade

    To be fair, Luke had the Jedi order up and running for 20+ years before TFA. The First Order and the end of the Jedi happened just a few years before the new trilogy.

    I don’t think they’ve done a good job of making it clear how recently all this stuff happened in TFA though.

  • Indianamcclain

    Not just that, but the fact that the Empire returns, Luke hasn’t started a Jedi Order, Han is reset to being the smuggler that he was in the original film. All these things just make Return of the Jedi completely meaningless. Maybe the problem is that the original trilogy is too precious to the people making these films.

  • Okay nvm, I have it as TFA, RotJ, ESB, RO, SW, E1, E2 (last two basically tied)

    I think Star Wars films will be the next collab ranking in time for TLJ release in December.

  • Kemosabe
  • Kemosabe

    Force awakens made me curious to see if they’re able to tell Star Wars stories (main saga) without the Empire vs. the Rebels. The Empire fell in Return of the Jedi, but they just brought all that back. So what happens at the end of this trilogy? Will the Empire (whatever it is they’re calling it now, I forget) fall and then when they do the next trilogy will it just spring back up again?

  • 1 2 3 4

    “But I do think TFA and Rogue One rank above all the other films”

    That’s a bold statement lol, and one I intensely (but respectfully) disagree with.

  • I’m interested to see when SW fund will really shake stuff up and let screenwriters develop their own ideas that are far away from the OT group of characters and settings and let directors really give it their own flare.

  • aberg

    Of course a Star Wars news article is the first thing in 6 months I’ll respond to.

    That said, after the hiring of Ron Howard, I’m not surprised Disney goes with a safe choice like Abrams to replace Trevorrow. Uninspired, but par for the course. The real issue I have is Chris “Batman v Superman” Terrio taking over script duties…

  • Indianamcclain

    Force Awakens isn’t a bad film for me. It’s just middle of the road. Personally, I don’t like what it did with the original trilogy characters. I’m hoping Last Jedi can get me back on board.

    Force Awakens actually made me very curious to see what George Lucas would have done. Say what you will about the prequels, but at least those films are a complete 180 from the original trilogy. Force Awakens acts like it’s afraid to do something different. It just resets the universe to the way it was in the original trilogy with zero explanation.

  • TheDeadFellow

    I have a feeling with what Rian Johnson has provided with The Last Jedi (which from my understanding will be going into some controversial directions for the series), I think I can trust Abrams and Chris Terrio (whom will probably have more easier work to fiddle with instead of the mess that was BVS) to deliver, even if the internet screams in my face that The Force Awakens is the single worst thing in existence.

  • I mean I basically knew what everyone loved or hates about the original trilogy and prequels so I wasn’t going in blind. But I do think TFA and Rogue One rank above all the other films. Guys, the original Star Wars just isn’t that “wow factor” if you didn’t watch it as a kid.

  • Indianamcclain

    His writing is what worries me, not his direction.

  • ResonanceCascade

    No, they did not. I wish the movie hadn’t recycled quite so many elements.

  • Kemosabe

    They didn’t have to reshash A New Hope to get audiences to love a new cast of characters.

  • Kemosabe

    I never thought Trevorrow belonged anywhere near Star Wars.

  • Kemosabe

    Oh fuck me. Not this again. They’re gonna play it ‘safe’ and bring back another death star aren’t they?

  • TheDeadFellow

    Don’t care what anyone says: Abrams is a terrific director and KNOWS how to make a blockbuster. Hope for Episode IX restored.

  • Joshua Martyniouk

    JJ Abrams is a major update from Trevorrow!
    Im very happy with this because I loved The Force Awakens!

  • ResonanceCascade

    Also, despite recently getting the feeling that Lucasfilm is run by chickenshits who don’t want to take creative risks (and fires anyone with too much vision), I do need to remind myself that Rogue One was a fucking oddball movie that took a bunch of risks and killed its whole main cast at the end.

    I think there’s hope for the franchise yet.

  • ResonanceCascade

    It’s an upgrade from Trevorrow, no question about that. I’m not generally an Abrams fan (aside from Super 8) but I do think he did a good job directing Episode VII. I’d like to think he’s aware enough of the criticisms of that film to not just make a Return of the Jedi Redux.

  • ResonanceCascade

    It was widely well received. I think the rehashing complaints are valid, but it’s not a bad movie overall. The real hard part — bringing in a new cast of characters that audiences love — was a success.

  • DrizzRizz

    I am happy with this.

  • Cap_N_Jack

    Yep, I figured. Honestly I’m surprised this wasn’t the plan from the start. It makes sense to take a movie off to regroup, but it also makes sense to keep everything cohesive in tone.

  • DryButSoupy

    That’s kind of my initial response.

    “This Starkiller Base is fully operational! Fooled you and your pitiful little band.”

  • 1 2 3 4

    “TFA was my start into the SW universe”

    I find that a bit sad but honestly who knows what I would think about Star Wars if I had been introduced to it with TFA, probably would’ve liked it.

  • 1 2 3 4

    I’d like to think it succeeded despite him, it’s Star Wars after all. For a Star Wars movie to fail you’d have to actively try to tank it.

  • I’m game. TFA was my start into the SW universe after years of saying I will never watch a SW movie in my lifetime. Oh how the times have changed.

  • I think she means “we hoped it would make gangbusters at the box office and he succeeded”

  • 1 2 3 4

    Yeah but the jury is still out on a Ron Howard Star Wars movie so I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt, but for now I’m just wishing George had kept his property right in his flannel shirt pocket. So far only Rogue One has been worth it.

  • Stratocaster

    I dont know if it s art or emotion engineering

    Nice results tough

  • King Alvarez

    I think that he does a fine job directing. It’s the script that they need to make sure is above and beyond. They played it safe with TFA, and will hopefully open the flood gates with TLJ.
    Each trilogy has a similar start and the main Skywalker of both have gone in different directions. It will be nice to see how this plays out.

  • *blank stare*

    Abrams is very safe, as is Howard.

  • 1 2 3 4

    I think he plays it waaay too safe and his spiel about “going backwards to go forward” with TFA was a way of justifying his and Kennedy’s cowardice. As much as I cringe during big chunks of Attack of the Clones, I’ll take twenty AOTC’s over one TFA any day.

  • 1 2 3 4

    “With The Force Awakens, J.J. delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for”

    Why did you hope for so little Kathleen?

  • *blank stare*

    I’m fine with this. I liked Awakens and think Abrams usually puts together a good flick.

    Not a remarkable choice but honestly, probably better than Trevorrow.

  • is it going to be a remake of Return of the Jedi like Force Awakens was a remake of A New Hope?