It didn’t take Disney long to find a replacement director for Star Wars: Episode IX, as StarWars.com has revealed that J.J. Abrams will write and direct the film:
“J.J. Abrams to Write and Direct Star Wars: Episode IX. 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 Rejoin, Abrams, Bad Robot, and Lucasfilm.”
In case you were unaware, Disney parted ways with original director Colin Trevorrow, the original director of the film, and it was reported that it wasn’t exactly on the best of terms:
During the making of Jurassic World, he focused a great deal of his creative energies on asserting his opinion. But because he had been personally hired by Spielberg, nobody could say, ‘You’re fired.’ Once that film went through the roof and he chose to do Henry, [Trevorrow] was unbearable. He had an egotistical point of view – and he was always asserting that. When the reviews for Book of Henry came out, there was immediately conjecture that Kathy was going to dump him because they weren’t thrilled with working with him anyway. He’s really, really, really confident. Let’s call it that.
It isn’t the first time the Star Wars franchise has recently had problems with a director, as they fired the directors of the upcoming Han Solo film back in June.
Here’s hoping this new hire works out a little better.