Episode IX release date was previously set in May 2019. After several high-profile exits by previous "Star Wars" directors, Lucasfilm is turning to the filmmaker who helped resurrect the franchise in the first place.
However, in a follow-up tweet to the one revealing Abrams' directing take over, StarWars.com revealed that Episode IX has been pushed back seven months to 20 December 2019 (Disney's live-action Aladdin will now take its old May release date).
The pair reportedly clashed with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy over their vision for the film.
It does not mean that a change of this magnitude impacts, of course, the film that, if he had not started his shooting, had to already be in development for a long time. In 2015, Josh Trank stepped down from a "Star Wars" spin-off project, and in June, the company fired directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller who were working on a different Han Solo spin-off film. "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story", which chronicled how the rebels originally stole the plans for the Death Star, pulled in another $1.056 billion in worldwide movie receipts.
Abrams has considerable pedigree in sci-fi, having successfully rebooted the "Star Trek" franchise, directing two of the new films, as well as producing the "Cloverfield" trilogy and the upcoming "Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi". According to StarWars.com, Chris Terrio will co-write with him. However, the first two films sought out fresh talent for leading roles, with Boyega, Isaac, and Ridley returning for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi", while introducing Kelly Marie Tran, who plays a large part now shrouded in mystery in the upcoming film. Therefore, Disney and Lucasfilm [VIDEO] are said to be courting Abrams to do the movie instead. You see that same trend in Force Awakens' aping of A New Hope, though in a less crass way, perhaps because Abrams has always been a self-professed Star Wars fan rather a Trekkie. In fact, it should just be the plan from now on for Lucasfilm and Star Wars. In fact, the latter soon seemed to be the clear favourite.