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J.J. Abrams To Direct Star Wars: Episode IX; Premiere Date Pushed To December 2019 (theverge.com) 220

A week after Jurassic World's Colin Trevorrow was ousted from the Star Wars: Episode IX director's chair, a familiar face has stepped in to replace him: J.J. Abrams, the man responsible for successfully rebooting the new trilogy in 2015 with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. From a report: Disney just pushed back the release of Star Wars: Episode IX from May 2019 to December 2019, Deadline reports. The news comes after an announcement today that J.J. Abrams is taking over from Colin Trevorrow as director of the movie. Episode IX, originally slated to premiere on May 24th, 2019, was supposed to be a return to May release dates for the Star Wars franchise. Back in 2015, The Force Awakens was also originally supposed to be released in the summer, but was moved to a December release after Abrams took over screenwriting duties with Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi) and needed more time.

J.J. Abrams To Direct Star Wars: Episode IX; Premiere Date Pushed To December 2019

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  • Yay... Abrams (Score:3, Insightful)

    by JaredOfEuropa ( 526365 ) on Tuesday September 12, 2017 @07:37PM (#55184967) Journal
    "Reboot" is the right word for The Force Awakens. Are there any writers left in Hollywood these days or is it just a bunch of guys rehashing old material? Though to be fair, I was (relatively) pleasantly surprised by Rogue One.
    • by Tablizer ( 95088 ) on Tuesday September 12, 2017 @07:56PM (#55185047) Journal

      or is it just a bunch of guys rehashing old material?

      Rehash is fine as long as you do it well. I for one would love to see a try at Star Wars vs. Star Trek. The culture clash of the different viewpoints and problem-solving techniques could make for fun drama. The movie doesn't really have to waste time setting up the culture context because most the audience already knows both groups: it can jump right into the paradigm clashes.

      Imagine Spock and Yoda conversing:

      Yoda: "Vulcan logic and the logic of The Force, same thing are not."

      Spock: "Logic is universal until proven otherwise."

      Yoda: "Universal assumption, logical it is not. Test entire universe you cannot."

      Spock: "I've never seen good logic fail."

      Yoda: "Get out more, you need."

      Spock: "I think I've met enough Yoda's already, thank you very much."

      • by Anonymous Coward

        Star Wars vs. Star Trek

        Well the first question is whether Star Wars species are advanced enough that contact by the Federation wouldn't violate the prime directive...

      • Spock: "I think I've met enough Yoda's already, thank you very much."

        Yoda: "Thing that to me belongs left out you have! Outloudlaugh"

      • There is a star trek vs babylon 5 movie

        https://forum.gateworld.net/th... [gateworld.net]

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... [wikipedia.org]

        It was actually pretty good.

      • This would be interesting if we're talking about the Star Trek before Abrams transformed it into whatever it is now.

    • Re:Yay... Abrams (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 12, 2017 @08:12PM (#55185107)

      Too much grrl power feminism in rogue one. She went from nobody to jedi master in 17 minutes.

      • Re:Yay... Abrams (Score:4, Informative)

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 12, 2017 @11:11PM (#55185797)

        > Too much grrl power feminism in rogue one. She went from nobody to jedi master in 17 minutes.

        You're thinking of The Force Awakens.

        In Rogue One she went from nobody to dead in 130 minutes.

      • Re:Yay... Abrams (Score:4, Insightful)

        by SvnLyrBrto ( 62138 ) on Wednesday September 13, 2017 @12:01AM (#55185947)

        Um... No.

        Sure, they made her kinda badass... justifiable, seeing as she was basically raised by a rebel fighter a bit too extreme of a fighter for the rest of the rebellion. But besides wearing a kyber crystal around her neck, there was nothing Jedi-like about Jyn Erso at all. The only one who displayed anything like force powers was the blind guy with the bo-staff. Well, him and Darth Vader, of course.

        And strong females are hardly new to Star Wars. Yes, since it was basically "The Hidden Fortress... IN SPAAACE!!!", the narrative of A New Hope required Princess Leia to be in need of rescue. But did you forget that she was already a rebel agent using her senate position and diplomatic status as cover for espionage and started the movie off by:

        1) Passing the Death Star plans off to R2-D2 so her mission would still be completed.
        2) Gunning down Stormtroopers to create a distraction, and:
        3) Telling off Darth Vader himself, before he knew he even had a daughter, and was very much in a larynx-crushing mood.

      • Too much grrl power feminism in rogue one. She went from nobody to jedi master in 17 minutes.

        Who did? Rey wasn't in Rogue One.

    • I was (relatively) pleasantly surprised by Rogue One.

      Ah, so you're the one.

      • Re: Yay... Abrams (Score:5, Insightful)

        by gl4ss ( 559668 ) on Tuesday September 12, 2017 @11:09PM (#55185795) Homepage Journal

        r1 was okay..

        jj abrams however now has fucked plot sensibilities by screwing over several plot devices(by just being plain fucking stupid and inept at writing a plotline to fit the action he wants that wouldn't piss over everything) of TWO franchises.

        he did it to star trek, he did it to star wars. and for those of not understanding what I'm talking about... force awakens provides a way to use hyperspace in a way that makes plotlines of pretty much all of the previous star wars movies irrelevant - and even force awakens itself!

        the star trek reboot is full of gadgets that make the plotlines stupid, the traveltimes make NO SENSE at all and so forth. klingon homeworld is now literally 1 second or 15 minutes away, depending on your chosen mode of transportation. even fucking Q made more sense.

        • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

          by Anonymous Coward

          even fucking Q made more sense.

          Somehow I seemed to have missed that episode of TNG (thankfully...that's an image of Picard I probably could never get out of my head).

    • Rogue One was great. The Force Awakens, not so much. I fear what J J Abrams is doing to the franchise. There are so many great stories in the numerous Star Wars novels, e.g. Timothy Zahn, The Truce at Bakura, all the books with Luke's Jedi Temple, Jacen & Jaina Solo, Mara Jade, Grand Admiral Thrawn, etc.!, http://www.yodasdatapad.com/bo... [yodasdatapad.com] is a great resource to start with. I was also less than charmed by the snap-decision Abrams made re: the Finn character; he ought to have left the character as-is.
    • by antdude ( 79039 )

      Since R1 did well and was good, I hope there will be more of these.

    • "Reboot" is the right word for The Force Awakens. Are there any writers left in Hollywood these days or is it just a bunch of guys rehashing old material?

      A reboot is exactly what the fans wanted. Don't blame the writers, The Force Awakens was a purposeful fan-service story produced by formula.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    As long as he stays away from star trek. Star Wars is just a logo people take selfies next to for imaginary internet points now anyway

    • by hey! ( 33014 )

      Seth MacFarlane seems to understand how the Trek tropes work.

      I don't think the jokes in The Orville were that funny, but practically every scene had some reference that made me laugh out loud, right down to the musical motifs.

      • I personally thought the humor in The Orville was subdued, which was better than I was expecting from Seth MacFarlane. I was expecting rapid fire jokes.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 12, 2017 @07:50PM (#55185027)

    JJ is famous for settings things up and then spectacularly failing to follow through. I enjoy his work until it all falls apart because he doesn't know how to finish/close a narrative and that does not bode well for a trilogy.

    • Jar Jar Abrams.
    • by alvinrod ( 889928 ) on Tuesday September 12, 2017 @09:28PM (#55185415)
      I think the real problem with his work is that he's completely willing to sacrifice almost everything in favor of whatever scene in the movie he currently wants to happen even if it ruins other aspects of the movie. For example, in The Force Awakens I was generally okay with the story up until the attack on the Death Star (or whatever it was called, but it's the new Death Star so whatever) begins and it fires its huge burst of energy across the galaxy that is somehow going to hit the target in a small amount of time and the rebel forces are also able to almost immediately travel across the entire galaxy while being on comms in real time.

      The rules for space travel in Star Wars are never really well explained, largely because they don't need to be, but those scenes seem to violate our understanding of how travel works from previous installments. Just the fact that you can communicate instantly in real time across those distances (and while traveling no less) pretty much makes the other movies make no sense since once you get the plans for the Death Star in the original movie, just instantly communicate them across the galaxy. Same shit with TPM, just instantly communicate that you're being invaded across the galaxy. But Abrams had written himself into a corner and logic had to die on the altar of the scene he wanted to happen.

      I could overlook most of the criticism that were levied towards TFA when it came out as it was a generally well made movie, but that part just made me want to yell at the movie for being so stupid because the universe was no longer internally consistent. Him and Lindelof can fuck off of having anything to do with a script as they care far too much about the moment to the detriment of the whole. It was the same shit with new Star Trek films where who cares about any established rules of the universe, because it's time for this next really cool scene to happen now.
      • I think the real problem with his work is that he's completely willing to sacrifice almost everything in favor of whatever scene in the movie he currently wants to happen even if it ruins other aspects of the movie. For example, in The Force Awakens I was generally okay with the story up until the attack on the Death Star (or whatever it was called, but it's the new Death Star so whatever) begins and it fires its huge burst of energy across the galaxy that is somehow going to hit the target in a small amoun

        • by SvnLyrBrto ( 62138 ) on Wednesday September 13, 2017 @12:44AM (#55186043)

          Screw all that.

          I'm still a bit annoyed that Nero bothered with the "revenge against Vulcan and Earth" thing at all; instead of flying off to Romulus and having a nice little chat with the Praetor:

          "Hi there. I'm Nero. Like my ship? See how impressive it is and how it out-classes anything you, the Klingons, or the Federation have, even though it's really just a mining ship? Well, I'm from the future. More proof? Well, according to the copy of 'Grays Sports Almanac, Romulan Empire Edition' in my ship's computer, the Remans are going to win tonight's grav-ball game, 63-61. Let's chat tomorrow."

          "Hi. Good morning. I'm still Nero. Did you enjoy the grab-ball game? Yeah, a real shocker. I bet everyone in the empire thought that Romulus was going to win, right up until the last pentameter. So yeah... Do you believe me about the whole 'being from the future' thing now? Great. Let's do lunch."

          "Wow, I haven't had grilled trait that tender in ages. So hey... you know that red giant star over there, just a couple light-years away from Romulus, across the sector border? Yes, that's the one. You know how your neutrino detectors show that fusion has nearly stopped in its core? Well, that star's going to be a problem. It's going to go supernova in exactly 102 years 4 days 3 hours and 42 minutes. Woah! I must have a little bit of Vulcan in me. But anyway, since I'm from the future, I know that. When it explodes, the Vulcans are going to try to keep it from destroying Romulus by using something called red matter. It doesn't make any sense. But they're going to fail. So you should probably see about evacuating the planet. The more than a century of heads-up I just gave you should be more than enough time; especially seeing as I have this giant spaceship here filled with technology from your future."

          "Hi. I'm still Nero. So... can anyone recommend a good tattoo-removal place?"

        • I will never be able to forgive him for what he did to Star Trek.

      • What about at the end where the ship descends from above the atmosphere and drops her off at the *bottom* of the long staircase, which she then has to climb? As you say, any sort of logic or quality writing are sacrificed because he wanted the shots of her dramatically climbing the staircase and finding Luke at the top. Since he obviously knew she was coming why didn't he just meet her at the bottom?
    • If Abrams touches something, I have no interest in it. He does exactly one sort of movie well, and every movie he is involved in seems to transform into a variation of that one.

      I guess that's fine for lots of people, but the one movie he knows how to make is uninteresting to me.

  • I will definitely not be wasting money on it. After the total mess Jar Jar Abrams did with episode 7. Until Ep. 7, I never thought I'd be so disgusted with Start Wars that I wouldn't even want to see any more of it. They should have given it to someone who gives a damned about the Start Wars universe, and not trust that bozo. If we learned anything from the prequels is that Jar Jar can't be trusted with anything.

  • by PoopJuggler ( 688445 ) on Tuesday September 12, 2017 @09:00PM (#55185307)
    As if millions of voices cried out in terror
  • by williamyf ( 227051 ) on Wednesday September 13, 2017 @12:24AM (#55186003)

    If his first star wars movie (or his second star trek one) is any indication of Jar Jar Abraham's ingenuity, I guess that Star Wars Ep. IX will go something like this:

    In Ep VIII, Flinn was captured by some evildoer, so Rey goes to the bad guy's lair and pretends to be taken prisoner in order to free him with her Jedi Might, Cleansing the lair in the process by killing most of the evildoers and even making some of them be eaten by mighty giant lifeform.

    Then we move to a new threat from the new order, a new spherical object of doom orbiting a sacred-forest-planet where a station is beaming a shield to protect it. A party composed of Flynn and pilot guy go there to deactivate the shield, and fins some utterly cute merchandiseable lifeform opressed by the new order, which help them deactivate said shield (and blow the unfinished evil spherical object of doom to smithereens), while Kylo Ren takes Rey to Face Snooke, resulting in redemption for Kylo and death for snooke...

    If we are goin to recycle: Can I propose a better recycled idea for Ep IX?
    Here it is:

    While traveling throught the galaxy, the rebels encounter a planet, were they are attacked by a hermaphrodite local, are forced to kill this local using the force, orphaning his/her child named Fallom. They take Fallom with them.

    After traveling some more, and arriving to a small planet with a single moon, RtwoDtwO speaks, not with beeps, but with a voice, reveals that his initials are RDO, that he is a telepathic robot created eons ago by Roj Nemennuh Sarton and Han Fastolfe, that he has been guiding the Galaxy behind the scenes, and that, since his positronic brain is failing, he needs to merge his consciousness with Fallom in order to continue guiding the Galaxy like a father figure, as he always has.

    I mean, is at the same level of imagination as what Jar Jar Abrahams did in Episode 7!

  • Why would they schedule the release for May 24th?

  • So he needed 6 months extra to write a completely crap script.... oh dear that doesn't bode well for the next installment. Hopefully this time it actually get's a good script which also fits better to the original trilogy and prequels as TFA was just awful storywise (yes it had some nice effects and scenese, but story/scriptwise it was utter crap).
  • Movies they don't think will do as well are released in Dec. Ones they think will do well are released in May.

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