Geekery: Star Wars Episode IX Has a Director

A familiar name returns to round out the trilogy – to the ire and delight of fans.

It’s settled. Disney has confirmed that J.J. Abrams will direct Episode IX, and  will co-write the screenplay with Chris Terrio. Apparently Disney offered the movie to Episode VII director Rain Johnson – who turned it down – before contacting Abrams.


J.J. Abrams, who launched a new era of Star Wars with The Force Awakens in 2015, is returning to complete the sequel trilogy as writer and director of Star Wars: Episode IX. Abrams will co-write the film with Chris Terrio. Star Wars: Episode IX will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Abrams, Bad Robot, and Lucasfilm.

“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,” said Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy.

This will mean some shifting in Disney’s schedule. They’ve moved the initial release date for Episode IX a few months to December of 2019. Its previous May release spot will be taken by Guy Ritchie’s live action adaptation of Aladdin (yes, they’re still doing that).


Happy? Sad? Is your head on fire because you’re so mad? What are your thoughts on this?

  • Pcm979

    Come back, Colin. All is forgiven.

    • Severius_Tolluck

      LOL I know right?

  • Heinz Fiction

    To say I’m not a fan of Abrams work would be an understatement…

    • SilentPony

      He basically a glorified fanfic director.

      • euansmith

        … with added LENS FLAAAAAARE!!!!

    • TenDM

      Not a fan of withholding basic information in order to create a false sense of intrigue? Imagine if in Return of the Jedi had an old man who gave them all the plot information BUT WE NEVER FOUND OUT WHO HE WAS. Genius.

  • ZeeLobby

    Let’s just hope the script is better this time…

    • Severius_Tolluck

      I am hoping that all that force awakens was to introduce the new and retire the old. Hopefully we get something unique.

      • ZeeLobby

        Agreed. With some decent dialogue and character progression. No insta-light-saber-force-master, no was-bad-guy-but-bad-wrong-go-good, etc.

      • euansmith

        Fingers crossed he won’t just remake Episode VI this time.

  • Red_Five_Standing_By


    • NagaBaboon

      You’re Avatar is a character from his last Star Wars movie! I’m not necesarily disgareeing with you, just pointing out the irony.

  • frankelee

    His last, best chance to finally make a good movie.

  • Crablezworth

    kathleen kennedy found her yes man it seems

  • TheseusRaholan


  • Arthfael

    Scoop: JJ confirms ep IX features Starkiller base two, a lagoon-moon with adorable chipmunk aliens and an evil snail crime lord. Gasp!

  • BloodAngel

    Ahh, crap. Not HIM again…

  • eMtoN

    Any bets on what they are going to call the Death Star this time?

  • Carey_Mahoney

    A release in December? What a surprise! Like that was really not planned…