J.J. Abrams Returns To Direct Star Wars Episode 9, Release Date Moved Back

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Fans of the Sci-Fi series Star Wars got some good news yesterday, and some bad news. The good news is a familiar director is returning to the franchise he helped revitalize, but the bad news is the movie will now open several months later than expected.

When Colin Trevorrow dropped out of directing Star Wars Episode 9 due to creative differences between him and Disney, fans started wondering who would take his place. Ron Howard was one name being bandied about, after all he had taken over the directing job on the Han Solo, solo film after Phil Lord and Chris Miller had left. Some fans even hoped George Lucas might return to his franchise, or that even his good friend Steven Spielberg might take on the job. In the end though Disney returned to the man who had brought Star Wars back to the front of the line, J.J. Abrams.

Abrams of course directed The Force Awakens, and it quickly became one of the highest grossing films of all time. For the ninth film he will also once again take on the co-writing duties. Originally the movie was suppose to start production in February of next year, but that will now be pushed to June. That of course means the movie will not be released on May 24, 2019 as originally planned, but instead it will come out on December 20th of that year.

With all the problems Disney has been having with their directors in the franchise it’s not surprising they decided to go back to the man they worked very well with in the past.

The highly anticipated Star Wars Episode 8, The Last Jedi, will be released on December 15th.