The Saint of Soft Reboots is back. According to a small post over at StarWars.com, Lucasfilm has confirmed that J.J. Abrams will return to close out the trilogy he himself launched back in 2015 with Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
The post also mentions that, in addition to directing Episode IX: Insert Subtitle Here, Abrams will be co-writing the script along with Chris Terrio (Argo, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice).
In addition to the breaking news, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy released a pleasant statement:
“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.”
That’s all the objective news there is to gather from the update. If you’re interested in my thoughts on the Abrams hiring, see below.
Obviously this is a safe bet for Kathleen Kennedy and Lucasfilm. Not only has J.J. been heavily involved in the sequel trilogy, but he is the guy who cinematically revived the Star Wars brand and its cultural relevance. The importance of Abrams to this beloved universe cannot be understated.
Having said that, I was disappointed by The Force Awakens. I thought it was an overly safe retread of A New Hope and though I enjoyed the film overall, I found it to be a bit dull as a result.
The Star Wars universe is so, incredibly vast. The possibilities for new and exciting adventures is endless. However, Lucasfilm is obviously more concerned with covering their asses and steering the ship safely into harbor at this point. They don’t want another situation similar to what happened with Gareth Edwards on Rogue One or Lord and Miller on what was once their young Han Solo spin-off.
It is Hollywood, so maybe I shouldn’t be surprised. It just pains me to watch as a franchise I love is so blatantly milked of what it’s worth. Not to mention Abrams and Rian Johnson (Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi) are two of the most talented sci-fi visionaries of their time. It’s a shame to see their creative sparks dowsed for the sake of making an easy buck.
Anyways, this is huge news and there are bound to be a lot of opinions on Abrams hiring. I want to hear from you guys. What do you think about the direction Lucasfilm is taking here? Hit me up in the comment below and let me know!