J.J. Abrams is poised to circle back to Lucasfilm's galaxy far, far away. So this is a sensible, fine move for the franchise.
The choice of Abrams makes sense given that Disney seems to want to play it safe with its investment in the Star Wars universe. Abrams already directed Star Wars: The Force Awakens two years ago which was a financial success.
Disney pushed back "Star Wars:Episode IX" from its initial May 2019 release date after Abrams replaced filmmaker Colin Trevorrow, who parted ways with Disney last week citing differing creative visions with the studio.
Ron Howard has since been brought in to finish the film but the situation definitely raised eyebrows, especially with the decision made at such a late point in the film's production.
Last week, Kennedy announced the firing of Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow over script differences, shortly after writer Jack Thorne (Wonder) was hired to work on the story.
Johnson, for his part, said he was "not really thinking" about directing Episode IX.
News of Abrams' return was greeted warmly by fans on social media. "As executive producer, I've been collaborating with [LucasFilm], but they are obviously doing all of the heavy lifting and it's very exciting to see what's going on". Original slated to arrive in summer of 2019, Star Wars: Episode IX will instead return to its newly traditional December slot.
"It was never in the plan for me to direct Episode IX, so I don't know what's going to happen with it", Johnson said.
The now untitled Episode IX will be directed by J.J. Abrams, who previously directed and co-wrote The Force Awakens.
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