JJ Abrams: Episode IX Welcomes Back 'Force Awakens' Director

Newsmax | 9/14/2017 | Staff
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J.J. Abrams is returning for Episode IX of "Star Wars," completing the post-original trilogy he started with "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" in 2015.

Abrams will be tasked and writing and directing the untitled Episode IX. According to StarWars.com, Chris Terrio will co-write with him. Abrams will produce the movie with Kathleen Kennedy and Michelle Rejwan, along with Abram's Bad Robot and Lucasfilm.

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"With 'The Force Awakens,' J.J. delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for, and I am so excited that he is coming back to close out this trilogy," said Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, in a statement, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The release date for Episode IX has been moved from May 2019 to Dec. 20, 2019.

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Abrams' announcement comes after a Sept. 5 statement that producer and screenwriter Colin Trevorrow was departing from the project.

"Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process, but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for...
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