Disney announced that J.J. Abrams will be taking over directing duties for Star Wars: Episode IX. Last week, Jurassic World and The Book of Henry director Colin Trevorrow was ousted over rumors of creative differences between him, Lucasfilm and Disney over the direction of the ninth installment in the Star Wars franchise. Recent rumors state that Trevorrow was a bit of a diva and difficult to work with. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy announced her excitement of Abrams coming back in a statement.
“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.”
Given Abrams track record with Star Wars and his many other successful films, it’s no surprise here that they chose him to take over. He did restart the franchise successfully and delivered at the box office. Abrams will also co-write the film with Chris Terrio.