With The Last Jedi now in theaters, filmmakers attached to Lucasfilm are beginning to take steps towards developing Episode IX, which aims to conclude the storyline introduced in The Force Awakens. One of the first steps took place this afternoon, with Episode IX director J.J. Abrams
During a seminal conference call yesterday with Iger, he announced that the Walt Disney Company was acquiring many of 21st Century Fox's assets, including the X-Men, Fantastic Four
Lucasfilm originally tapped Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow to helm the third film in this new trilogy, with an announcement in September revealing that Trevorrow had parted ways from the project. Shortly after this announcement, Lucasfilm confirmed that Abrams would return to the trilogy that he helped launch.
The filmmaker has had three months to develop his script for the film, which he did with co-writer Chris Terrio, yet it is unclear if the filmmaker scrapped all of Trevorrow's concept or if he modified it for his script.
"I had no intention to return," Abrams explained to Rolling Stone earlier this year. "But when the opportunity presented itself to finish a story that we had begun with these new characters, to tell the last chapter of their story, it felt like there was a chance to do it in a way where we could go beyond, and do better than we did in [Episode VII]."
While Abrams might never have expected to return to the franchise, he couldn't pass up such an interesting creative opportunity.
"I learned so much in that movie and I saw that this was a chance to sort of realize something that we hadn't quite achieved – and part of that was it was simply the beginning of these new characters and their story," Abrams explained. "The opportunity to sort of
Episode IX is slated to hit theaters on December 20, 2019.
[H/T Laughing Place]