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JJ Abrams: Episode IX Welcomes Back 'Force Awakens' Director

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J.J. Abrams attends the premiere of the film "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" in London on Dec. 16, 2015. (Kristina Afanasyeva/Sputnik via AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 13 Sep 2017 02:03 PM

J.J. Abrams is returning for Episode IX of "Star Wars," completing the post-original trilogy he started with "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" in 2015.

Abrams will be tasked and writing and directing the untitled Episode IX. According to StarWars.com, Chris Terrio will co-write with him. Abrams will produce the movie with Kathleen Kennedy and Michelle Rejwan, along with Abram's 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 Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, in a statement, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The release date for Episode IX has been moved from May 2019 to Dec. 20, 2019.

Abrams' announcement comes after a Sept. 5 statement that producer and screenwriter Colin Trevorrow was departing from the project.

"Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process, but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ," said a statement from Disney and Lucasfilm, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "We wish Colin the best and will be sharing more information about the film soon."

Rian Johnson, who wrote and directed "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," which will hit theaters in December, reportedly declined to come back to do the same for Episode IX.

The move also continued the revolving door of directors for "Star Wars" projects. Phil Lord and Chris Miller originally handled the Han Solo origins movie but were later replaced by Ron Howard.

Gareth Edwards guided 2016's "Rogue One" through the principal photography stage but Tony Gilroy replaced him and the picture went through extensive reshoots.

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" raked in $2.068 billion at the box office in domestic and overseas movie houses. "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.

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