Star Wars: Episode IX has had its share of apparent troubles, but the return of J.J. Abrams may be the boon the film needs to stay on target. On the tail end of the announcement of his illustrious return, the films release date was also confirmed changed from the previously announced May 24 to December 20, 2019.
Star Wars: Episode IX is scheduled for release on December 20, 2019. pic.twitter.com/rDBqmuHX89
— Star Wars (@starwars) September 12, 2017
Fans have been rabid for any word on the upcoming Star Wars sequels, but so far all the news coming from Episode IX has been less than stellar. First, director Colin Trevorrow’s writing partner Derek Connolly was replaced by Jack Thorne to write the screenplay, and then Trevorrow himself was let go from the project. This week it was announced that Abrams would return to the franchise. Keeping in mind, of course, that all of these changes have happened over the summer and the film won’t even begin production until January, we hope that Abrams return will steady the ship.
Abrams success with Star Wars: The Force Awakens is not just down to the director himself, though a talent he may be. Abrams wrote the film along with Star Wars royalty Lawrence Kasdan, bringing the nostalgia as deftly as can be expected. Abrams’ dedication to the more life-like practical effects like puppetry and beautiful on location scenes shot on 35 mm film left The Force Awakens feeling very much like the original trilogy, something fans responded well to.
Trevorrow had planned to film the final part of the saga in 65mm, as some film makers are moving back to film for a cleaner, richer experience. Since Abrams only just signed back on, there has been zero words on his plans for the project, or if Thorne is going to carry on a writer. While some wonder why The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson wasn’t tapped for the project, Abrams past involvement in rebooting the franchise and past experience in the genre, in general, make the move unsurprising. Abrams will finish out the story, while two supplemental projects are still yet to come, a Han Solo stand alone, and at least one other promised film by 2020.
If The Force Awakens is a jumping off point for Abrams, and he doesn’t lose his head like Lucas did and abandon the techniques that helped to create a worthy reintroduction to the Star Wars Universe, one hopes that Episode IX will surely be something to behold.
May the Force be with us all.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters December 15, 2017.
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