When Jurassic World director Colin Treverrow departed Star Wars: Episode IX, fans were left wondering who would take up his duties. Thankfully, Disney and Lucasfilm filled the position rather quickly, bringing back The Force Awakens Director J.J. Abrams.
It’s been a few months since the announcement and Abrams is finally discussing his return to the franchise. Talking to Rolling Stone, Abrams revealed why he decided to direct Episode IX.
“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 was a chance to do it in a way where we could go beyond, and do better than we did in Seven.”
Abrams then went on to further explain his reasoning, stating that he returned for the opportunity to improve his work and use some of the skills that he didn’t have when he filmed The Force Awakens.
“I learned so much in that movie and I saw that this was a chance to sort of realise 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 what they are and give them a final chapter that felt in the spirit what we begin? It was too delicious of an opportunity to pass up.
Personally, I’m happy to see Abrams return for Star Wars: Episode IX. He did a great job of setting up a trilogy with The Force Awakens and it will be great to watch the director return to tie everything up and complete his story.
The next chapter of the franchise will land in theatres next week. Star Wars: Episode IX will be released on December 20, 2019.