So far, a lot of fans are pleased to have J.J. Abrams coming back to direct the last movie; after all, he is the one who kickstarted the sequel trilogy (heck, he kickstarted a whole new generation of Star Wars movies) with The Force Awakens.
Reactions swept across the internet upon the announcement of Abrams's return, as "Star Wars" became a global trending topic.
Even so, Abrams, who had many doubts before accepting initial offer from Kennedy to direct seventh, made it to a side and preferred to watch show from position of executive producer.
December 2015: The Force Awakens is released. The Force Awakens produced US$2.07 billion (S$2.79 billion) in global ticket sales, according to researcher Box Office Mojo, while Rogue One: A Star Wars Story delivered US$1.06 billion.
From geek websites to The Washington Post's own comments thread Tuesday, The Force Awakens is being strafed anew as a "rehash" - as somehow proof that for Episode IX, Abrams will simply reheat a mess of old ingredients.
Stop me if you have heard this before, but the release of the next episode in the Star Wars saga will be delayed. Rian Johnson, the director of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi", which opens December 15, opted out of filling his spot.
This move also means Abrams will be the only director aside from "Star Wars" creator George Lucas to direct more than one "Star Wars" film.
The "Star Wars" franchise has seen a fair amount of director turnover recently. It's not as if these winter launches have hurt Star Wars either, as The Force Awakens and Rogue One both made Disney an very bad lot of money. But Trevorrow clashed with the president of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy reports the Atlantic. The second part of Avengers: Infinity War is scheduled to release on May 3, 2019, and that's likely going to be a big release for Disney. But there was a time not that long ago when Star Wars seemed like it could truly grow and evolve into something more; now it's clear that was a foolish belief to have. Disney said in June that filmmakers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller had left the upcoming Han Solo "Star Wars" spin-off movie due to creative differences.