Star Wars Episode IX Gets New Release Date; J.J. Abrams To Write & Direct
The director of The Force Awakens is returning for Episode IX!
J.J. Abrams Will Write & Direct Episode IX; Release Date Moved!
Lucasfilm has officially announced that writer and director J.J. Abrams will return to the Star Wars franchise to helm the third film in the sequel trilogy which he kicked off with Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Originally, Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow was set to oversee the threequel, but he parted ways with the project over creative differences. Rian Johnson wrote and directed Episode VIII: The Last Jedi which is set for release in December. However, with these changes behind-the-scenes, Episode IX has been moved from it's original release date of May 2019 to December 2019. Also, the writer of the Academy Award-winning film Argo, as well as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, Chris Terrio, has been hired to help Abrams pen the script for the new movie.
In a statement Lucasfilm said, "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."
Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said, "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.”