Published: Thu, September 14, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Abrams returns to direct Star Wars

Abrams returns to direct Star Wars

In related news, Deadline reports that Rian Johnson was approached to direct Star Wars: Episode IX, but he didn't want to do it.

The official Star Wars website issued the following statement: "J.J". So this is a sensible, fine move for the franchise.

The screenplay for that film was also co-written by Abrams, along with Star Wars legend Lawrence Kasdan and screenwriter Michael Arndt.

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Abrams' production company, Bad Robot, and Lucasfilm will produce the new film.

Abrams' return to Star Wars comes after the departure of Colin Trevorrow was announced last week. Disney in June said that film makers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller had left the upcoming Han Solo "Star Wars" spin-off movie due to creative differences. It is fitting, as it's believed the only reason he didn't helm Episode VIII was because Disney wasn't willing to delay the release to give him more time to put things together. "It was never the plan for me to direct Episode IX, so I don't know what's going to happen with it", he said, responding to rumors that he may become the director. Let's all hope that Abrams can once again catch that magic, as he tackles Episode IX, when he will tie all the loose ends together. Episode IX will be preceded by the eighth in the series, The Last Jedi, which will be released on December 15 2017.

Abrams, who previously rebooted both the "Star Trek" and "Mission: Impossible" franchises, will write the script with Chris Terrio ("Argo", "Batman v Supeman: Dawn of Justice"). "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" made over $936M domestically in theaters, and over $2B worldwide. The movie absolutely killed at the box office, bringing in an overall total of $2.068 billion.

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