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March 18, 2015

RUMOR: J.J. Abrams Eyed to Direct Star Wars Episode IX

Star Wars Episode IX just may have found it’s director, and it’s someone very farmiliar. Last week, Disney officially announced a release date for Star Wars Episode VIII as well as a title for the first spinoff film. But one name that seemed very much absent from that press release is that of J.J. Abrams. While the director is hard at work finishing up Episode VII (watch the first teaser trailer HERE) for release this winter, Disney is now setting their sights on securing a director for Star Wars Episode IX, and it’s none other than the mystery box man himself.


According to, Disney execs are extremely pleased with the footage that they are seeing from Episode VII, stating that “there’s a good chance” that the director will return for the third installment in the sequel trilogy.

Now this doesn’t necessarily mean that Abrams will even be interested in returning, since the director has had his fair share of disagreements with the studio. While we don’t know for sure if Abrams will return to direct Star Wars Episode IX, i’m also not sure if he actually should. While most of Abrams’ work has been great, his last two films, Star Trek Into Darkness & Super 8 have been all but disappointing. I really hope that Abrams is able to turn the tide of his career with Episode VII, but I also have limited expectations for both Abrams and the film itself.

What are your thoughts on Abrams returning for Star Wars Episode IX?

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Taylor Salan
Taylor Salan

Taylor Salan is a independent filmmaker who currently resides in the San Fernando Valley. Since childhood, Taylor Salan had a fascination with movies. Although he was an avid fan of film as a child, it wasn’t until his years as a young adult that his passion for the art of filmmaking truly came to fruition. A current student of the film production program at California State University Northridge, Taylor studies Cinematography but ultimately has plans to direct full time if afforded the opportunity. In his spare time, Taylor produces audio podcasts and blogs about film for He is also a longtime musician, playing drums for over 8 years.



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