J.J. Abrams Wants To ‘Do Better’ Than Force Awakens With Star Wars: Episode IX
Lucasfilm had fired Colin Trevorrow from directing Star Wars: Episode IX, and they have asked J.J. Abrams to return and make the last film in the sequel trilogy. Like it was originally conceived, Abrams thought that he would be done after The Force Awakens, and saw the opportunity to return as a means to ‘do better’ this time around.
Abrams told Rolling Stone:
"I had no intention to return, but when the opportunity presented itself to finish a story that we had begun with these new characters, to tell the last chapter of their story, it felt like there was a chance to do it in a way where we could go beyond, and do better than we did in VII.”
I learned so much in that movie and I saw that this was a chance to sort of realize something that we hadn't quite achieved – and part of that was it was simply the beginning of these new characters and their story. The opportunity to sort of take what we had learned, to take the feeling of who these characters are and what they are and give them a final chapter that felt in the spirit of what we begun? It was too delicious of an opportunity to pass up."
Though The Force Awakens was a huge success for Lucasfilm, a lot of people have observed that the movie was simply a rehash of A New Hope, with just a few elements changed here and there. A lot of people thought that Abrams was ‘playing it safe’ with TFA, but hopefully he does something a bit more exciting in Episode IX.
For now, Star Wars: Episode IX is set for a release December 2019, but we can catch Star Wars: The Last Jedi in theaters Dec. 15.