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J.J. Abrams will co-write and direct Star Wars: Episode IX

By midian182 ยท 14 replies
Sep 13, 2017
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  1. After the horror that was the prequels, Star Wars made a triumphant return in 2015 with The Force Awakens. J.J Abrams directed Episode VII, which broke several box office records, and Rian Johnson is behind the camera for the upcoming Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. Now, following Colin Trevorrow's departure from Star Wars: Episode IX, it's been revealed that Abrams will be returning as director for the last movie.

    While the final entry in the current trilogy of Star Wars titles isn’t set to hit cinemas until December 2019 (its release was delayed by six months), the project has already faced a number of setbacks. In August, British screenwriter and playwright Jack Thorne was brought onboard to rewrite the script. A month later, Jurassic World director Trevorrow dropped out. A statement from Lucasfilm blamed the split on creative differences.

    It was rumored that Last Jedi director Johnson might come back for the sequel, but he ruled himself out over the weekend, leaving Abrams to take over. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said: “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.”

    Lucasfilm added that Abrams would also be co-writing the movie alongside Chris Terrio, screenwriter for Argo, Justice League, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

    This isn’t the only Star Wars franchise with director problems. Chris Mill and Phil Lord were recently fired from the standalone Han Solo movie by Kennedy. Ron Howard was brought in to replace the pair.

    Early last year, Abrams confirmed that the Half-Life and Portal movies we’re still in development. “we've got writers, and we're working on both those stories,” he said in an interview.

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  2. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,677   +416

    I foresee Lightsabers causing lots of lens flare.
    ghostf1re, psycros and p51d007 like this.
  3. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 2,096   +1,260

    Episode 7 was just a remake of Episode 4 with a fresh coat of paint.
    It was good (personally I really liked it) but popularity/nostalgia was its main selling point, not quality/creativity/originality.

    The real excitement will be with Monsterverse, can't wait for the 3rd installment, or Godzilla 2019. Rodan! Ghidorah! Good lord!
  4. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,015   +3,425

    Hmmmmmm ..... just seems to me that the series is getting a bit old and thread barren. Don't know if it's because of Star Wars or so many imitations out there but frankly .... I'm ready for a good old fashioned Western. Could somebody dig up Gene or John, dust them off and get them back in the saddle??
    H3llion and p51d007 like this.
  5. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 3,557   +1,924

    Aren't Star Wars westerns set in space?

    IMO, anything Abrams touches turns to dust. Star Trek: Into Darkness was about the worst possible remake of the Khan story there could possibly be. Personally, I did not like Episode 7 because it was Episode 4 all over again. The nostalgia was just not enough to cut it for me. I would rather watch "The Clone Wars" over again or "Star Wars: Rebels" than go to the theater to see these.

    To me, it seems that Abrams thinks all his audiences want to see is explosions and fight scenes. As long as his movies have those two elements, why bother with a good story? Personally, I think he is way over-rated.

    As I see it, Hollywood is suffering from remakeitis. It seems movie execs think that the public will not want to see anything that has an original tittle and is not based off something that everyone already knows. I am much less likely to see a remake than I am an original movie. Arrival, IMO, was an excellent movie that was thoughtful and entertaining and, gasp, original. If Hollywood made more movies like that, I might spend more of my dollars at the theater, however, many movies these days lack depth and inspiration.
    amstech, dob_1, psycros and 1 other person like this.
  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,594   +3,768

    If you have about a half million dollars, you might be able to buy Rooy Roder's guitar:

    Aurty had so many "signature" models released, I couldn't really find his guitar

    And of course, Marion Robert Morrison didn't play.

    Looks like you might be SOL on this quest.

    I think the best you can hope for these days, is outer space movies where the "gunslingers" use weapons which have typical hand gun configurations. The fact that the "Pass" you have to "head the gang off at", might be a couple of galaxies away, shouldn't prove insurmountable when trying to interpolate scripts with old cowboy movies.

    Even the props should prove simple enough. For example "Millennium Falcon" equates to "Old Paint"
  7. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,864   +1,142

    No problem...after SW 1,2,3...I gave up on the entire thing. That's the problem with hollyWEIRD.
    They wouldn't know how to create something ORIGINAL if it bit them in the azz!
    All they know how to do, is part 5,6,7,8 crap. But, who's the dummy? People keep lining up to see
    the same CGI over and over again.
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  8. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,389   +296

    I hope he will not name the title: Star Wars Episode IX: The Lost Jedi
    wiyosaya likes this.
  9. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 2,369   +1,368

    I was all excited until I read this... "Lucasfilm added that Abrams would also be co-writing the movie alongside Chris Terrio, screenwriter for Argo, Justice League, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice."

    Since when is being the writer of Dawn of Justice a positive??!?!!? That movie had possibly the most pitiful plot since Deuce Bigelow, Male Gigolo....

    When your entire plot hinges on Batman being really dumb, you know you have problems...
    psycros likes this.
  10. seeprime

    seeprime TS Guru Posts: 354   +383

    Have you seen Hell on Wheels (AMC/Netflix) and Deadwood (HBO/Amazon Prime) TV shows? If not, you'll enjoy streaming them.
  11. Tanstar

    Tanstar TS Evangelist Posts: 658   +202

    So . . . someone wrote the script, then they brought in "British screenwriter and playwright Jack Thorne" to rewrite it and now Abrams will be co-(re-re)writing the movie with Chris Terrio? Sounds like they have a solid plan and unified vision! What could go wrong?
    psycros likes this.
  12. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,582   +2,302

    My prediction? Pain.
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  13. dob_1

    dob_1 TS Booster Posts: 56   +35

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  14. ManuelV

    ManuelV TS Addict Posts: 123   +57

    The cowriter worked on Batman v superman???, oh oh.
    wiyosaya likes this.
  15. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 3,557   +1,924

    Personally, I thought "Into Darkness" was better than the rest of the reboot films and that Rogue One was a good expansion on IV. IMO, part of the reason that I liked them is probably because Abrams' touch of death was absent.

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