Having kicked off the third ‘trilogy’ of the “Star Wars” universe, filmmaker J.J. Abrams is returning to close it out with “Star Wars: Episode IX”. In a new interview with the BBC, he reveals that the plan for the new film will be to take the franchise in a bit of a new direction.
The biggest criticism of Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is that it was essentially a remake of ‘A New Hope’. Asked by the British broadcaster about working on a franchise that has such impact, Abrams says:
“Well, it’s certainly something that I’m aware of now working on Episode IX – coming back into this world after having done Episode VII. I feel like we need to approach this with the same excitement that we had when we were kids, loving what these movies were. And at the same time, we have to take them places that they haven’t gone, and that’s sort of our responsibility. It’s a strange thing – Michael [Giacchino, composer] worked on things like Planet of the Apes and Star Trek and Star Wars, and these are the things of dreams. Yet we can’t just revel in that; we have to go elsewhere.”
Going into further detail, a Reddit post (via Star Wars News Net) from a fan who has photographic proof that he met both Abrams and the film’s screenwriter Chris Terrio and has revealed that the film will not only close out the sequel trilogy but will effectively wrap up the nine film saga with some big callbacks to the prequel trilogy:
“They said that they’re going to be brave and there will be big surprises. I got the impression that JJ felt like he had to refresh previous Star Wars moments for a modern audience in TFA, and now it feels like they have free reign to do what they want. Apparently they’ve had no interference from Kathleen or Pablo or the Lucasfilm Story Group. 9 is also the film which unites all three trilogies and brings everything together. That’s all they would tell me.
I worry a little bit that the questions I was asking were too leading. I was speaking to Chris and he was talking about the OT. I said about how I grew up with the PT and the prequels were my entry point into Star Wars. I asked about elements of the PT coming into 9 and Chris said about how 9 unites all of it. He said 9 definitely makes it feel like they’re all happening in the same universe, and there would be PT elements in 9. They could be visual or thematic – he didn’t overtly say that there would be returning planets or characters from the PT or anything.”
Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode IX” is currently targeting a May 2019 release.