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Official Info J.J. Abrams to Write and Direct Episode IX

Discussion in 'Star Wars: New Films - No Spoilers Allowed' started by Big Bad Yoda Daddy, Sep 12, 2017.

  1. Lulu Mars

    Lulu Mars Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    This will be the first trilogy to end with the words “To be continued” ;)
     
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  2. Dread Pirate Roberts

    Dread Pirate Roberts Jedi Padawan star 2

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    I'd like that comment, but I'm too afraid it is true
     
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  3. woj101

    woj101 Jedi Master star 2

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    I wouldn't claim to be able to spot who wrote which lines etc. but I would definitely like to know why Kasdan isn't involved all the way through the trilogy.
     
  4. Aroooo-Dion

    Aroooo-Dion Jedi Padawan star 1

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    He basically came out of retirement to write Solo and ended up writing on TFA as a favour. He's said that writing four Star Wars movies is enough for him.
     
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  5. Ghost_Jedi

    Ghost_Jedi Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    I guess we know why Rian Johnson wasnt selected for Epi IV
     
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  6. DarthKreVass

    DarthKreVass Jedi Master star 2

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    I don't hate JJ for TFA. However, the more I watch it, the more it becomes my "least" favorite of all the films. But, I do enjoy it, just less than the others. AOTC was my least favorite before TFA. I just wish they didn't give JJ the job on the last film of this trilogy. Lets hope he does a GL like George did with ROTS and make an awesome ending trilogy episode.
     
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  7. Big Bad Yoda Daddy

    Big Bad Yoda Daddy Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Yeah, hearing this news, I'm almost completely apathetic about IX now. For me, I imagine it'll be "Oh, so that's how the story ends" (or, knowing JJ, doesn't) and have the RT to look forward to. And honestly, that's fine by me. If I could reverse it so that JJ took the new trilogy and RJ finished this one, I absolutely wouldn't.
     
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  8. DARTH_BELO

    DARTH_BELO Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    I know JJ has a history for not ending films/shows with a satisfying conclusion, but I wonder if LFL/KK might hold on to the reins a bit tighter for Episode IX-at least more than apparently TLJ-in terms of the ending specifically. Based on how they handled the shakeup for Solo, it's clear they are not averse to stepping in when something's not turning out the way they intend. Obviously with Rian, they didn't NEED to do that, but I'm sure they know that having a conclusive ending to this 9 episode saga is very important-not only from a storytelling point of view, but also to fans. I wouldn't be surprised if they instruct JJ to end it without leaving a bunch of questions...

    After all, it seems Episode IX is intended to be the end of the Skywalker story, with Rian's new trilogy focusing on all new characters. I believe KK's words were "a corner of SW lore that has never before been explored." That definitely rules out the Skywalker line-which using logic, ultimately means that Episode IX is meant to be the finale for this saga, and everyone involved with its storyline. I'm sure everyone involved is well aware of this, so I'm not worried I guess.
     
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  9. Big Bad Yoda Daddy

    Big Bad Yoda Daddy Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    I don't think the Skywalker story is done, just that it's done for now - KK has hinted as much. (Which, I am absolutely fine with, btw.) I still don't think that makes it okay for JJ to leave anything unresolved.

    Of course, if you crunch the numbers and assume they continue anthology movies for a SW movie every year between RJ movies, it's entirely possible that we return to the Skywalker Saga in 2027 - the 50th anniversary of the first movie. Fitting, in a way.
     
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  10. DARTH_BELO

    DARTH_BELO Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Big Bad Yoda Daddy,

    I suppose it's possible that the Skywalker story is not done. But I am actually different from you in that I would rather they move on. I feel they've really kind of done all they can do with that particular thread. IMO there's really no more ground they can tread that wouldn't feel kind of "been there, done that" by that point. Unless there's something groundbreaking and eye-opening in TLJ and Episode IX which really "flips the script" on how we see the Skywalker/Solo family, IMO it's time to lay that storyline to rest. There's just so much other great potential stories to tell in this universe!

    (BTW I'm totally fine with spinoffs continuing during the timeline of this saga-lots to explore in the in-betweens still. I'm only speaking about episodes I-IX).
     
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  11. Storm_Cloud

    Storm_Cloud Jedi Knight star 3

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    I loved TFA and following a potentially deeper and darker episode in VIII then I'll be happy if we get a rip snorting Star Wars adventure that still has some focus on the myth and magic that makes it Star Wars. And for most of the loose ends to be tied up.
     
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  12. BigAl6ft6

    BigAl6ft6 Force Ghost star 6

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    I think it's pretty likely that Episode IX won't be a broad strokes remake of Return of the Jedi simply because Abrams has had people hollering at him for years that TFA was an ANH remake so I'm guessing he'll come up with something different.

    Also it's kind of fun to see Abrams close out with the characters and actors he picked to start the ST ride so I think it's fitting he is the one. Just had to take a break there in the middle. Disney pushing them release dates!
     
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  13. RinaRayLove

    RinaRayLove Jedi Knight star 1

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    I think Rian Johnson did a way better job and I wish he would have been chosen to direct episode 9 also.
     
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  14. Big Bad Yoda Daddy

    Big Bad Yoda Daddy Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Thankfully he burned down a lot of JJ's mystery box, which means JJ has an out - there's no way he had answers to any of the mysteries he posed.
     
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  15. Outsourced

    Outsourced Jedi Master star 4

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    Apparently, that wasn't in the cards with him going into pre-production for his own trilogy. It wasn't that he wasn't selected for the last movie.
     
  16. ChewieWe'reHome

    ChewieWe'reHome Jedi Knight star 1

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    Sorry if this is a really arbitrary comment, but I wanted to say it in case no one else has.
    I've got this strong hunch that:

    **Minor SPOILER if you haven't seen The Last Jedi, since it concerns a character who survives**
    1.) Kylo flies the Falcon in IX's climax, and
    2.) He & the ship each meet their demise together

    If the trilogy HAD to redeem Kylo (which I prefer they don't), I don't know if there'd be a better/more original way.
     
  17. Keycube

    Keycube Jedi Master star 1

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    Being that Ben became a faceless light/dark push-pull foil with Luke in TLJ (did his expression ever change?), it would be nice to pursue him again as a "person of interest". And when I say "nice", I mean if he continues to be a mere prop for "Rey's story", I'm going to riot.

    JJ will do it right. Ben as human interest story, Knights of Ren, Snoke, all of it. No flying Jedi, no flippant "misdirection", no yuckfests. It will be glorious.
     
  18. Keycube

    Keycube Jedi Master star 1

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    I would've thought that corny after TFA, but now that the bar is so much lower for me (thanks, RJ!), this sounds really cool. (In fairness, it was probably always cool, I'm just old and crotchety with my SW anymore).
     
  19. Strilo

    Strilo Manager Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    I mean I am pretty much fine with JJ writing and directing, but when do they start shooting? There might still be time for one of those decisions to have someone else help with the screenplay. We've seen announcements like that before at this stage...
     
  20. Bazinga'd

    Bazinga'd Hand of the Mod Squad and Enforcer of the Realm star 6 Staff Member Manager

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    I thought I had read, June.
     
  21. Strilo

    Strilo Manager Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    If that is true, then there could be, or have been, a decision to bring in someone for JJ to collaborate with on the script.
     
  22. solo77

    solo77 Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    Has anyone hear the 'shooting name' or production name for it yet?
     
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  23. TheYodaPagoda

    TheYodaPagoda Jedi Master star 3

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    I don't think we knew Solo's production name until the first day of shooting..."Red Cup," of course. I think we'll be waiting until at least June for shooting to start for Episode IX, won't we?
     
  24. solo77

    solo77 Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    Cool, just wanting to know for when emails come through that I don't accidentally turn it down
     
  25. Strilo

    Strilo Manager Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    So we know this, right? "Abrams will co-write the film with Chris Terrio"
     
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