J.J. Abrams to write and direct Star Wars Episode IX
J.J. Abrams, the man behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is set to return for the final part of the new Star Wars trilogy after signing up to write and direct Star Wars: Episode IX. The announcement comes just a week after the news that Colin Treverrow, who was originally slated to direct Episode IX, had stepped down from the project.
Trevorrow had been signed up to direct the final instalment in the new trilogy following the runaway success of Jurassic World, which over $1.6 billion worldwide. However, last week it emerged that the director and Lucasfilm had parted company, citing creative differences. A statement announcing Treverrow's departure stated: "Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX. Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process, but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ. We wish Colin the best and will be sharing more information about the film soon.”
Episode IX became the second of two in-progress Star Wars films to lose its director in recent months, following the news that Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who were set to direct the upcoming Han Solo spin-off, had been replaced with veteran director Ron Howard.
Abrams will be co-writing Episode IX along with Chris Terrio, whose previous screenwriting credits include Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice and Argo, for which Terrio won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said of Abrams' appointment: “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.”