J.J. Abrams is returning to direct Star Wars: Episode IX! The Force Awakens was a huge success, and Kathleen Kennedy feels like choosing Mr. Abrams is the most natural choice. After Colin Trevorrow was asked to step down from his position as the co-writer and director, the franchise was without a leader.
“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 Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy about the new addition to the team.
I would also feel confident in signing on Abrams, considering the movie earned $2 Billion worldwide.
Colin Trevorrow left the project after several writing and re-writing attempts, without a successful turn out to the liking of Lucasfilm. The relationship between President Kathleen Kennedy became “unmanageable”
Just a week ago, Lucasfilm and Disney said, “Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX. Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process, but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ. We wish Colin the best and will be sharing more information about the film soon.”
They sure didn’t waste any time finding a replacement, which is definitely a step in the right direction.
I appreciate the care that LucasFilm and Disney has in the quality of their films. The first directors to be replaced were Phil Lord and Chris Miller who were replaced with only a couple of weeks production left on the Stand Alone Han Solo Film being replaced with Ron Howard.
Gareth Edwards directed most of Rogue One, but the almost complete re shoot was handled by Tony Gilroy.
Instead of trying out new directors, and blowing through money only to replace them, they should just initially hire seasoned directors.
Also something to consider; when a director is fired, does his team go with him, or are a group of people fired? I am just thinking about the total casualties in these decisions.