It looks as though J.J. Abrams may be the director to bookend the newest Star Wars trilogy.
According to a report from Latino Review, Disney is courting J.J. Abrams to step behind the camera again for Star Wars Episode IX. While Abrams directed Star Wars The Force Awakens, Rian Johnson (Looper) took over for Episode VIII. Abrams would then serve as an executive producer on the final two installments, but that may change now.
Disney is reportedly very happy with the footage that has come in from The Force Awakens and would like to see Abrams close out the series. Latino Review has said that it has confirmed with four sources that he is indeed the front runner to helm the film.
To be honest, with the turnaround on these films – a mere 18 months between The Force Awakens and Episode VIII – Disney is going to have to leapfrog directors as they will be deep in post production on one while pre-production begins on the next. So, yes, Abrams could return for the final entry in the trilogy, but the bigger question is if he and Disney can work out their issues. There has been a lot of scuttlebutt about some behind-the-scenes clashes over the script, release date and some other minor points. Could everything now be ironed out to let him return?
Only time will tell how this shakes out, but I’m all for the idea of the same person directing the first and third entries to keep a consistency.
Source: Latino Review .