Has there ever been a more anticipated movie than Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens? Sure, the prequels generated plenty of excitement but by the time Episode II: Attack of the Clones hit screens, the issues with the story and acting had overshadowed the excitement of finally returning to a galaxy far, far away. TFA, by comparison, is already generating more buzz than any of the prequels and the brief footage that we have all seen is more than enough to prove that the franchise is heading in the right direction. Disney, who owns Star Wars, agrees, and it looks like they feel J.J. Abrams is the man to thank for what we hope is a superior product to the prequels. As a matter of fact, the Mouse House loves Episode VII so much that it appears they will be handing the directing reins back to J.J. for Episode IX.
Now, before you get too excited (or scream out in hate), the information is coming from a third party source and while that source, Latino Review, has always been fairly reliable, take the news with a bit of salt. According to the outlet, those who have been lucky enough to screen TFA footage are absolutely bonkers for what they have seen, and LR has managed to confirm from multiple sources that Abrams is indeed the frontrunner for director of the final installment of the new Star Wars trilogy, which is set for release in 2019.
There are enough conversations about J.J. Abrams returning to direct Episode IX that we’ve been able to independently verify it four times that his name is the front-runner for the last trilogy installment
As everyone knows, it was recently announced that Brick director Rian Johnson will be at the helm for Episode VIII and Godzilla’s Gareth Edwards will be taking the directorial duties for the Wars spinoff, Rogue One. The news about Abrams is definitely new, however, and conflicts a bit with earlier reports that Disney’s process didn’t jive with Abrams’ creativity. If the news of him taking Episode IX is true, it may mean that the director has finally found his rhythm with Disney, which opens the door to plenty of great possibilities.
Critics of Abrams have done their fair share of bellyaching ever since the Star Trek director traded in the U.S.S. Enterprise for the Millennium Falcon, and this news isn’t likely to change their minds. For those of us that actually enjoyed his work as a director on Mission Impossible 3, Super 8, and Star Trek, not to mention Armageddon, Joy Ride, and even Regarding Henry, all of which Abrams wrote, this is definitely good news. Abrams has a grasp of the sci-fi genre and every second of the trailer for TFA generates enough excitement to keep us stoked for the possibility that he will be stepping back into the world of Wars to finish what he started. Need a reminder of how awesome that trailer truly is?
Star Wars Celebration will be hitting Anaheim on April 16-19 and the first panel of the convention is rumored to be a huge announcement from Abrams and Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy. Will it be confirmation of this new rumor? Perhaps, a new trailer? Whatever it is, no matter where you live, you will likely hear the screams from the fans in attendance once that announcement is made. If you can’t make it, no worries! NerdBastards will be on hand to present you with the newest/coolest/most important news from the convention floor.
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Source: Latino Review