JJ Abrams is back to helm 'Star Wars: Episode IX'

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The film franchise should be gearing up for the sequel to its staggeringly successful Episode VII in December. Though Disney was attempting to keep the dream of a Star Wars summer blockbuster alive, it eventually had to turn all three mainline films into winter releases.

Episode IX release date was previously confirmed as May 24th, 2019. This was the "barn door" approach to winning back fans, as Abrams cast the excavated Millennium Falcon's entry doors as shamelessly wide as possible to get us all back on board the franchise.

He went on: "So no, I'm not thinking about it right now".

"Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy praised Abrams" appointment in a statement.

Besides these there is a long list of Disney live-action movies that are going to be released.

Don't hold your breath though.

Personally, I would have loved to get a third director on the project instead of Abrams to mirror that of the three different directors of the original trilogy.

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But it hasn't been plain sailing for Lucasfilm, which has parted company with several of its directors recently, starting with Josh Trank, who dropped out of developing a "Star Wars" spinoff in 2015, citing the enormous pressures of being involved with the franchise.

The departure of Trevorrow is only one of a number of personnel changes that Disney and Lucasfilm has implemented on recent "Star Wars" projects. The director is replacing Colin Trevorrow, who left the film after "a difference in vision" with the studio. The track record indicates that "Star Wars: Episode IX" might seek more new talent.

August 2016: Uncredited writer Tony Gilroy takes on more responsibility on the set of Rogue One.

The director whose movie "The Force Awakens" brought back the Star Wars series is coming back.

Chris Terrio, who won an Oscar for writing Argo in 2013, will co-write the ninth instalment with Abrams.

Disney have announced a slew of release dates for upcoming films on their agenda, locking in some big films for the next two years. It feels like more of an event, and a large part of that is the build up to the release that we've all become accustomed to.

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