J.J. Abrams is Rumored to Return to Direct 'Star Wars: Episode IX'

March 18, 2015
Source: Latino Review

J.J. Abrams

Even though Star Wars: The Force Awakens isn't slated to arrive for nine months, and we only just confirmed Looper director Rian Johnson would be at the helm of Star Wars: Episode VIII, coming in May of 2017, that's not stopping the rumors from starting on who will be at the helm of Star Wars: Episode IX. After all, Disney wants a new film from the galaxy far, far away arriving every year (like Star Wars: Rogue One in 2016) for the foreseeable future, so why wouldn't they be planning ahead? And Latino Review has the first rumor of a frontrunner director for Episode IX as The Force Awakens helmer J.J. Abrams.

Again, this is just a rumor for now, and since it's so early, take it with a huge grain of salt. As of now, I'm inclined to believe that while the studio may want Abrams back for Star Wars: Episode IX, that they may not get him. Notice that Abrams was not part of the producing team announced for Episode VIII with the official announcement of the release date last week. But maybe he just wants a full break from the franchise before returning to helm the final chapter of the new trilogy. Anyway, this is a rumor that was apparently verified with multiple sources naming him as the frontrunner, but we've got plenty of time to see what happens. And maybe it all depends on how the audience reacts to The Force Awakens. Thoughts?

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Let's wait for The Force Awakens and then we will see. However, it already seems so that Disney is enthusiastic of J.J. Abrams' work.

Etienne Martin on Mar 18, 2015



Scopedog on Mar 18, 2015


I have complete confidence with J.J. Abrams. If Disney is enthusiastic of his work, then yes... bring him back. It's like Joss Whedon and Marvel (don't try to fix what aint broke, right?) Course, I totally understand when (and if) directors such as Abrams and Whedon want and need an out sometimes... working on Blockbuster franchises like this, can wear people out... that's why Nolan said no more Batman after TDKR. If I where to pick any director for a Star Wars film... yes, I would first ask Nolan or Whedon to do one... but honestly, I do not see them accepting the job... Whedon might, but I don't see Nolan doing one... even though everyone would love him for it. Brad Bird deserves his own Star Wars movie... especially if Disney ever decides to do a Boba Fett spin-off film. And lastly, (although some people would say it would be a terrible risk, because he's too like minded to Lucas) I would actually love to see how Spielberg would handle a Star Wars film.

DarthVerous on Mar 18, 2015


Please change them up. I have nothing serious against JJ but there are so many great directors out there.

OfficialJab on Mar 18, 2015


If he does a good job and I expect he does he will be the best man for the job! But it also makes no difference if someone other does it, because the the story arc is already there.

ari smulders on Mar 18, 2015


They can make or break a film. The arc means nothing.

Lautaro on Mar 18, 2015


I still prefer JJ very much. The teaser is impressive, plus, all the rumored and spin-off directors are very lacking to say the least. So this sounds good to me. Seriously.

Lautaro on Mar 18, 2015


Wha?? Looper was a very cool and good movie. They know whats at stake. I highly doubt any director doing those will screw it up.

Sascha Dikiciyan on Mar 18, 2015


Why not? He is very skilled. We still have to see what he can do with his first STAR WARS film.

DAVIDPD on Mar 18, 2015


Geez guys, before everyone starts sucking JJ off let's see what his damn SW movie is like first. Not impressed with his work so far...

AwesomeWave on Mar 19, 2015


Your opinion > Others opinion = Epic opinion

ErrorSapiens on Mar 19, 2015



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