A week ago Colin Trevorrow left, or was forced to leave Star Wars: Episode IX, but now we have word that a familiar replacement is already lined up. J.J. Abrams will direct Episode IX.
The director of the Star Trek reboot, Super 8 and Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be writing and directing Episode IX.
It’s a very safe and familiar choice for Disney and they are all about safe choices when it comes to Star Wars. Just look at the fact that they essentially remade A New Hope with The Force Awakens. Before Trevorrow left Episode IX, Disney also removed the directors Christopher Miller and Phillip Lord in favor of Ron Howard for the Han Solo stand-alone film. It is clear that Disney and Lucasfilm want to stick to a single formula. Step outside of the box and you will be replaced.
We can only hope that that Abrams is up to the task and delivers a solid movie. First up though is director Rian Johnson with The Last Jedi, which arrives on December 15th. Not long now. I hope that Disney knows what they are doing, but I suspect that more watered down Star Wars is coming our way.
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