"Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX", it was previously announced. J.J. Abrams, who helmed Episode VII, will return to write and direct Episode: IX. Abrams got along with Lucasfilm during the filming of The Force Awakens so he's unlikely going to have creative differences. So this is a sensible, fine move for the franchise.
Here's hoping he doesn't bring in his beloved time travel plot device this time though.
But Johnson recently told reporters in Japan (via The Hollywood Reporter) that he's not thinking about Episode IX. Disney has confirmed the Star Wars: Episode IX director. After directing 2009's Star Trek, he returned to the rebooted franchise film series for 2013's sequel Star Trek Into Darkness.More news: Chicago Teen Found Dead in Hotel Freezer, Cops Scan Facebook
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Production on the film is due to begin in February 2018, with the film scheduled to release on 24 May 2019.
With Abrams returning to write and direct the third film in this final trilogy, that greatly increases the chance we're going to see a partially completed, yet fully operational, Starkiller Base.
We'll obviously keep you up to date with any further developments in the story, and any further Star Wars related news as it comes our way.
Episode VIII is written and directed by Rian Johnson, and is the second film in the new sequel trilogy in following "The Force Awakens". "So no, I'm not really thinking about that now".