It’s official – J.J. Abrams is directing Star Wars: Episode IX. Colin Trevorrow recently departed the project due to “creative differences.” And now the man responsible for reigniting the franchise with The Force Awakens will step back behind the camera to steady the ship oversee the final instalment in the latest trilogy.
StarWars.com dropped the news via the following statement…
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.
Which means as well as a new director, Episode IX has a new writer. Trevorrow and his partner Derek Connolly were originally writing the script, while Jack Thorne had recently taken over duties.
Now Abrams is co-writing the film with Chris Terrio, who won an Oscar for his work on Argo, and also scripted Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and the forthcoming Justice League movies.