StarWars.com has just revealed that The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams has been selected to write and direct Episode IX! He will co-write the final part of the new trilogy with Chris Terrio and will be produced by his Bad Robot division. Kathleen Kennedy stated she was "so excited that he's coming back to close out this trilogy" in a statement. What are your thoughts on the reveal?
In a surprise move, Lucasfilm has parted ways with director Colin Trevorrow for Star Wars: Episode IX, resulting in yet another director issue for the beloved space opera set in a galaxy far, far away. Lucasfilm made the following statement concerning the matter:
“Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on ‘Star Wars: Episode IX,'” the statement said. “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.”
While the official reason why has yet to see the light of day, many sources cite issues with the script as being a key factor in Kathleen Kennedy's decision. Perhaps the pressure of working on Star Wars was starting to build up for Trevorrow, a director who is still pretty new to Hollywood. Either way, Lucasfilm is finding itself in need of a new director to steer its ship. Here are five candidates they should consider!
1. Rian Johnson
Let's get the obvious one out of the way. #StarWarsTheLastJedi had one smooth production, with Rian Johnson directing and writing the film. Considering he had full control of the script and the direction, all the while making a film that the producers are likely happy with, Lucasfilm should seriously be considering re-hiring Johnson to close out the trilogy. He'll be able to conclude his own story, plus he has a healthy relationship with the studio. The hype behind the film is real, with lots of articles citing that the film will feel different and take us into uncharted territory, so it looks like Johnson isn't afraid to experiment with the vision.
2. Steven Spielberg
Fun fact: did you know that Steven Spielberg almost directed Return of the Jedi? Well it's true, but it never worked out thanks to the Director's Guild of America. But those times are behind us. Why not let the master director conclude a new trilogy in the beloved franchise? Fans would definitely be OK with this, even if that means delaying the next Indiana Jones a bit.
3. Jon Favreau
Favreau already has a healthy relationship with both #Disney and #Marvel, having worked on The Jungle Book and Iron Man, respectively, in the past. Seeing as he's not only a talented director, but also a fan of the series, would it not make sense to finally let
Favreau direct a Star Wars film? The director has shown talent not only directing hit blockbuster films but also smaller yet successful films, such as 2014's Chef.
4. J.J. Abrams
J.J. Abrams had the daunting task of relaunching the Star Wars franchise after the mixed reception of the prequel films. Fans can largely agree that he did that successfully, despite some criticism of repeating some similar story beats from earlier films. But with that out of the way and working off of what Rian Johnson's film sets up, Abrams would be free to tell a story that doesn't have to worry about reinvigorating the interesting in the franchise.
5. Kenneth Branagh
Branagh may be best known for his Shakespearean films but this awarding winning director knows how to deliver some great character moments as a result. As Episode IX will be the concluding chapter of this epic trilogy, we're bound to get some heavier moments thematically and who better to handle that than a thespian? Branagh's already worked with Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley in Murder on the Orient Express and has tackled the superhero genre for Marvel, so there's no reason why this talented director shouldn't be given the chance.
Clearly we won't know what they'll do for a while. In the mean time, here's some insights from the trailer for the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and don't forget to take the poll below!