Friday, 24 November, 2017

JJ Abrams will direct 'Star Wars Episode 9'

Filmmaker JJ Abrams will return to the Star Wars franchise to direct the latest instalment 'Star Wars Episode IX' loses director Colin Trevorrow
Nicole Thomas | 13 September, 2017, 00:21

During the press event, Johnson also revealed his pal Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who Johnson worked with on Looper, has a cameo in Episode VIII: "He does a cameo as a voice of an alien in the film".

Since directing "The Force Awakens", Abrams has not committed to his next feature gig, mainly producing movies including the next untitled "Cloverfield" film that Julius Onah helmed. Disney has confirmed the Star Wars: Episode IX director.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson was rumoured to be a front-runner to take over for Episode IX, but he refuted that talk during a promo visit to Japan. The next film in the ongoing saga is December's "Star Wars: The Last Jedi", written and directed by Rian Johnson. Abrams had said that would be his only film for the franchise, but he's now been pulled back in.

As covered by Consequence Of Sound, director Colin Trevorrow (of Safety Not Guaranteed and Jurassic World fame) has dropped out of directing Star Wars: Episode IX, to be replaced by Abrams.

North Korea threatens 'pain and suffering' ahead of United Nations sanctions vote
At a regular news briefing, ministry spokesman Geng Shuang reiterated China's call for more steps by the U.N. The move comes in the wake of North Korea's sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3.

This is actually not the first time that the recent Star Wars movies have had issues.

We also learned that Chris Terrio (the Academy Award-winning writer of Argo) will co-write the movie with JJ Abrams. We don't know yet whether or not the proposed date for Star Wars Episode IX will change, but depending on how much J.J. Abrams has to change that could definitely be a possibility.

"Episode IX" is slated to arrive in May 2019. In a statement made by Disney, they noted that although Trevorrow "has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process", they concluded that their "visions for the project differ". Lucasfilm could always convince Johnson to come back, but this might depend on the critical and commercial success of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. "We wish Colin the best and will be sharing more information about the film soon", Lucasfilm said in a statement.

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