Last week we finally got the confirmation that Rian Johnson is writing and directing Star Wars Episode VIII for a May 2017 release, and now a new rumor has come out to say that JJ Abrams may return to finish the trilogy.
There was also another rumor going around that Abrams was reviewing Rian Johnsonâ€™s work and they were worked out a final outline for the final installment in this trilogy because VIII is getting tighter and more refined (it should shoot with some overlap with Rogue One). That makes sense and it kind of a â€œof course they would do thatâ€ kind of thing. He is the executive producer. There is another rumor that Rian Johnson is not totally out IX but the production timeline makes it seem nearly impossible and from what I have seen that appears to be true about the timeline aspect.
That rumor about Abrams is going around Latino Review reported today. I personally donâ€™t think its really worked out yet. But hereâ€™s the big thing for me. J.J. Abrams executive producing the rest of the trilogy might have been agreed upon before he ever signed. But it probably also means Abrams is doing a kick ass job with Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Bob Iger and Kathleen Kennedy are pleased with his work (which is not surprising but still good to hear).
Maybe Abrams will mention this at Star Wars Celebration next month?