It was a quick news release and to the point, but Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, who will produce Episode IX, added a statement to express her excitement. Uniting these three films with December premieres will set apart the new trilogy from the preceding six entries in the Star Wars franchise, all of which had May release dates.
"It was never in the plan for me to direct Episode IX, so I don't know what's going to happen with it", Johnson revealed. So this is a sensible, fine move for the franchise.
Abrams' "The Force Awakens" reunited original 1977 stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill and introduced a new generation of characters.
Here's hoping he doesn't bring in his beloved time travel plot device this time though.
LucasFilm has announced that Star Wars: The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams will return to write and direct the final instalment in the trilogy he kick off in 2015. Abrams got along with Lucasfilm during the filming of The Force Awakens so he's unlikely going to have creative differences.
Are you stoked to have Abrams back in action as director for Episode IX? It is not now known whether J.J. Abrams will just pick up where Trevorrow left off or if he will prefer to scrap what has already been done and shape the sequel as he sees fit. In more recent years, Terrio has co-wrote the script for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League. The story was written by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, and this film is being produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur, Simon Emanuel, and co-produced by Kiri Hart, Susan Towner, and Will Allegra.
Star Wars 9 will hit theaters in 2019.