The release date for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is rapidly approaching, and while we are eagerly anticipating a new trailer for the film (is it going to be attached to Avengers 2?), rumours have arisen indicating that JJ might be back for another film after all.
It was previously understood that JJ will be stepping down after Episode VII, with Looper writer/director Rian Johnson taking over the reins for Episode VIII, and quite likely Episode IX as well.
However while Johnson is still attached to Episode VIII, it’s now being reported that the execs at Disney are so in love with the Episode VII footage so far, that they want to pull JJ back in for Episode IX to round out the new trilogy.
Abrams has previously indicated he was on-board for just the one instalment, and no doubt should Star Wars go well (or even if it doesn’t), odds are he’s going to be in demand after his Episode VII work wraps up, and will be able to pick any project he likes.
Ultimately we’ll have to wait and see, Episode IX is scheduled for a 2019 release, and we’ll be seeing three Star Wars films including Star Wars: Rogue One between now and then so anything could happen.
Given the choice though, who’s your pick for Episode IX, Abrams or Johnson?