Walt Disney Co delayed the release of the ninth installment of the "Star Wars" saga to December 20, 2019 after announcing on Tuesday the return of filmmaker J.J. Abrams to the franchise to write and direct the movie.
The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson was also up for the gig, but he reportedly turned the offer down.
On the other hand, we do know that everyone either liked or at least paid to see J.J Abrams' The Force Awakens. So this is a sensible, fine move for the franchise.
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The Force remains with JJ Abrams, and he remains with the Star Wars franchise. In a post-Josh Trank, Phil Lord and Chris Miller-world, Trevorrow's departure seemed to confirm that keeping directors would be a hard task for Lucasfilm, and of course, Kathleen Kennedy.
The director achieved huge success when he helmed 2015′s "The Force Awakens", and it's now been announced that he's set to return for what is thought to be the final instalment in the new trilogy. The next film in the trilogy, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, will hit theaters on December 15, 2017. He'll also produce Star Wars: Episode IX with Bad Robot, Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, and Lucasfilm. This time around, he'll be writing the script with Chris Terrio (who won an Oscar for Argo, then worked on Batman v. Superman and Justice League). Remember, in June they fired Star Wars: Han Solo directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller as filming was coming to a close.
"For me, I was entirely focused on Episode VIII and having this experience", he continued.