JJ Abrams to take over delayed 'Star Wars IX': Lucasfilm

Danny Woods
September 14, 2017

The film, which is the sequel to "Star Wars: The Jast Jedi" due out this winter, was originally set to hit movie theaters in May 2019, but the director dilemma caused the Disney-owned studio to push back the release date to December 20, 2019.

Abrams will also co-write the script for "Episode IX" alongside Academy Award winning-screenwriter Chris Terrio. Abrams is a visually talented, slick filmmaker, a P. T. Barnum for the multiplex who will make Disney a ton of money with Episode IX. Abrams and Kennedy will both be producers on "Episode IX".

Abrams' "The Force Awakens" was one of the biggest box office successes in the history of film. Star Wars is an event - from the film's release to the product lead up - and having the movies released in December only punctuates that in ways we didn't think was possible. Releasing the most highly anticipated entry in the biggest franchise in the world just days after its release is a sure way to curb from that happening again, but it will also impact Star Wars' post-release income (admittedly not too much as both films are nearly certain to generate huge numbers). In February, Making Star Wars reported that Tom Hardy would play a Stormtrooper who recognizes Finn and thinks he's still on #TeamFirstOrder.

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It is thus quite naturally that we learn today via Disney Pictures, the studio has made a decision to shift the date of The Episode IX of the may 22, 2019 to 20 December of the same year (and so for us probably 18).

After establishing the new status quo with The Force Awakens, it will be fascinating to see what Abrams decides to do with the trilogy's conclusion. It is the final installment in the new "main" Star Wars trilogy that began with Abrams' "The Force Awakens" in 2015 and will continue this December with director Rian Johnson's "The Last Jedi".

Episode IX release date was previously confirmed as May 24th, 2019. In fact, the latter soon seemed to be the clear favourite. Additionally, earlier this year, Ron Howard replaced Phil Lord and Chris Miller as the director of the upcoming Han Solo spinoff project. Now "Aladdin" has "Episode IX's" old May 24, 2019 opening, moving it up half a year.

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