star wars episode 9

In the aftermath of Colin Trevorrow leaving the director’s chair of Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: Episode 9, there was a lot of speculation about who might take over. Eventually J.J. Abrams, the prodigal son who relaunched the franchise with The Force Awakens in 2015, returned to the fold, but before that was locked in, there was some speculation that The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson may come back to finish off the trilogy. After all, it was initially reported that Johnson would be writing the story treatment for Episode 9 – a claim the filmmaker recently described as inaccurate and based on “old info.”

But Johnson took himself out of the running for Episode 9, and in a new interview he confirms that he is not involved in the development of the upcoming follow-up to his sequel. And while we’re here, he also addresses the speculation that Luke Skywalker may be transitioning to the dark side of the Force.
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The Empire Strikes Back - Han Solo

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • A possible look at the planets featured in the Han Solo movie.
  • An interview with the editor of From a Certain Point of View.
  • Author Meg Cabot shares her love for Aunt Beru.
  • Ron Howard shares more Han Solo set pics.
  • Pablo Hidalgo answers some pressing (and nerdy) canon questions.
  • A new Thrawn novel is on the way.
  • And more!

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In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • A new Star Wars: The Last Jedi book…and cardboard standees.
  • The Millennium Falcon is undergoing a major change for the Han Solo movie.
  • Take a class on Star Wars “Ring” storytelling structure.
  • Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford chat with GQ.
  • And much more!

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star wars episode 9 release date

This morning, it was announced that Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams would return to the series with Star Wars: Episode 9. So it should come as no surprise that the final film in the sequel trilogy has been pushed back seven months to accommodate the creative shuffling behind the scenes.

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Kathleen Kennedy and JJ Abrams

Some news woke us up on Tuesday morning: Star Wars: The Force Awakens filmmaker JJ Abrams had been hired to replace Collin Trevorrow on Star Wars Episode 9. In this EMERGENCY PODCAST, Ben Pearson and Hoai-Tran Bui join Peter Sciretta to discuss the latest news and our thoughts on JJ Abrams as the director of Episode 9.

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J.J. Abrams Hired as Star Wars Episode 9 Director

Two years after he reintroduced Star Wars into the modern era with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, J.J. Abrams is returning to the franchise.

Abrams is officially replacing Colin Trevorrow as the director of Star Wars: Episode 9.

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Rian Johnson Star Wars Episode 9

When Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow parted ways with Star Wars: Episode 9, it left a vacant director’s chair for one of Lucasfilm’s biggest and most important movies yet. We offered our own suggestions of who should take over, and one of our choices was Rian Johnson, the director of this year’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the reported frontrunner for the Episode 9 directing job.

But in a new press conference, Johnson implied that he won’t be directing that follow-up after all. Is it back to the drawing board for Lucasfilm? Read Johnson’s comments below.
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Why Colin Trevorrow Left ‘Star Wars: Episode 9’

Why Colin Trevorrow Left Star Wars

Earlier this week, we found out that Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow will no longer direct the third installment in the latest Star Wars trilogy, and now stories are coming out that purports to explain why he and Lucasfilm parted ways. It has to do with his vision for the sequel clashing with that of Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, and if we’ve learned one thing through all of the behind-the-scenes turmoil that company has experienced over the past couple of years, it’s that if you step into battle with Kennedy, you’ve already lost. You just might not know it yet.
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Star Wars The Force Awakens captain phasma 4

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • We have a Force Friday hangover, and the only cure is more toys!
  • New Star Wars: The Last Jedi theories.
  • A fan-choice Episode 9 director speaks out.
  • Captain Phasma gets the spotlight.
  • More photos from the Han Solo set.
  • And much more!

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star wars episode 9 director

Yesterday, Star Wars: Episode 9 lost its director. Colin Trevorrow and Lucasfilm parted ways, the latest in a series of behind-the-scenes upheavals surrounding the massively popular franchise. It’s not entirely clear what’s going on, but between this and the firing of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller from the Han Solo spin-off movie, it seems that producer Kathleen Kennedy has a very different vision for Star Wars than her collaborators.

But while we puzzle over what the heck is going on with Star Wars, we did what everyone does on the internet in a moment of pop culture crisis: we made a list. Here are 17 directors who we think could end up making Star Wars: Episode 9…and a few that should make it.

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