News | Entertainment
24 Sep 2017 9:04
NZCity News
NZCity CalculatorReturn to NZCity

  • Start Page
  • Personalise
  • Sport
  • Weather
  • Olympic Games
  • Ski Report
  • Finance
  • Shopping
  • Jobs
  • Horoscopes
  • Lotto Results
  • Photo Gallery
  • Site Gallery
  • TVNow
  • Dating
  • SearchNZ
  • NZSearch
  • Crime.co.nz
  • RugbyLeague
  • Make Home
  • About NZCity
  • Contact NZCity
  • Your Privacy
  • Advertising
  • Login
  • Join for Free

  •   Home > News > Entertainment

    Star Wars: JJ Abrams will return to direct Episode IX, release pushed back

    Disney just replaced another director and films are being pushed back. So what's happening with the galaxy's biggest film franchise?


    Star Wars is having a bit of a rough trot.

    The film franchise should be gearing up for the sequel to its staggeringly successful Episode VII in December.

    Instead, Disney just had to replace a second director on a Star Wars film in the past six months.

    It has passed the reins of Episode IX back to Force Awakens director JJ Abrams, who is going to direct and write the movie.

    So what's been going on in a galaxy far, far away lately?

    First, the Han Solo spinoff lost its directors

    In June, directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were replaced with Hollywood veteran Ron Howard deep into production.

    How deep?

    Variety reported at the time there were just "weeks" of shooting left to go when they were shown the door.

    The pair reportedly clashed with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy over their vision for the film.

    At the moment, the movie is still scheduled for release on May 25, 2018.

    Don't hold your breath though.

    It wasn't the first time Disney booted a director.

    In 2015, the company fired director Josh Trank from work on another Star Wars spinoff. And extensive reshoots on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story led to widespread speculation director Gareth Edwards had been unofficially sidelined by Tony Gilroy.

    Then the same thing happened with Episode IX

    Last week, Disney split with director Colin Trevorrow, citing differing creative visions for the sequel to this year's The Last Jedi.

    There hasn't been time for the dust to settle, but Vulture reports Trevorrow's last film, the critically panned Book of Henry, might have given Disney cold feet.

    Unlike the Han Solo spinoff, there's been much less work completed on Episode IX.

    The film faces creative challenges after the death last year of Carrie Fisher, who plays the franchise's Princess Leia.

    Along with the appointment of Abrams, Disney has announced Episode IX will be pushed back six months to a December 20, 2019 release date.

    That's not a massive shock to fans, given Disney's preference for a December release with Force Awakes, Rogue One and The Last Jedi so far.

    Now Abrams is back on board

    He'll be the only director aside from franchise creator George Lucas to direct more than one Star Wars film.

    Kennedy said Abrams, "delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for" on The Force Awakens and added: "I am so excited that he is coming back to close out this trilogy."

    Abrams will co-write Episode IX with screenwriter Chris Terrio, who won an Oscar for adapting Argo, and also co-wrote Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

    News of Abrams' return was greeted warmly by fans on social media. He hasn't directed or committed to directing another project since The Force Awakens, and instead had been focused on producing.

    ABC/Reuters

    © 2017 ABC Australian Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved


     Other Entertainment News
     24 Sep: Cher planks every day
     24 Sep: Kellan Lutz and Brittany Gonzales are engaged
     24 Sep: Justin Bieber will tell people why he cancelled his tour when he is "ready"
     24 Sep: Yolanda Hadid is "happy to be alive" after her battle with Lyme disease
     24 Sep: Audrina Patridge is divorcing Corey Bohan
     24 Sep: Holly Candy has given birth to a baby girl
     23 Sep: Justin Theroux is "addicted" to watching UK TV show 'Embarrassing Bodies' on Netflix
     Top Stories

    RUGBY RUGBY
    Poor Auckland form no concern to ABs More...


    BUSINESS BUSINESS
    New section of pipeline passes inspection More...



     Today's News

    Entertainment:
    Cher planks every day 8:34

    International:
    German election: Right-wing party's poll surge puts political establishment on edge 8:27

    Law and Order:
    Woman killed in hit and run 8:07

    Entertainment:
    Kellan Lutz and Brittany Gonzales are engaged 8:04

    Rugby:
    Poor Auckland form no concern to ABs 7:57

    Rugby League:
    Morgan makes case for Cowboys greatness 7:47

    Environment:
    Crew of 70 battle Tauranga ship blaze 7:37

    Entertainment:
    Justin Bieber will tell people why he cancelled his tour when he is "ready" 7:34

    Rugby League:
    Chambers not haunted by 2016 GF loss 7:27

    Entertainment:
    Yolanda Hadid is "happy to be alive" after her battle with Lyme disease 7:04


     News Search






    Power Search


    © 2017 New Zealand City Ltd