Rumor of the Day: J.J. Abrams frontrunner to direct Star Wars: Episode IX

When announcements about the creative teams for Star Wars: Rogue One and Star Wars: Episode VIII were made last week, one name was conspicuously absent from said announcements: that of Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams.

Among the producers who were listed in the official press release were Kathleen Kennedy, Ram Bergman (Looper) and Star Wars VIII director Rian Johnson. Then another, updated press release was sent a bit later with Abrams' name added as an executive producer. But it may have been too little too late, since rumors of a rift between Abrams and Disney, which owns the Star Wars franchise, have been running rampant for a while now.

But now it looks like it could be water under the bridge, because Latino-Review reports that J.J. Abrams may be the chosen one to helm Star Wars: Episode IX. Apparently the powers-that-be at Disney who have seen an early cut of The Force Awakens are extremely happy with what Abrams has delivered, and they want him back for more. Abrams has been vocal about how hard it’s been working on the upcoming Star Wars film (he apparently had a lot less control over it than he had over the Star Trek flicks), but it’s also well known how much he loves the franchise. Can they mend their differences for the good of a galaxy far, far away?

Latino-Review also claims that since there’s enough chatter about Abrams returning to the director’s seat for Episode IX, they’ve been able to verify four different sources who say he is the front-runner for the job. Since nothing has been officially announced or confirmed -- and the movie is not due out until 2019 -- it's still way too early to tell. So please, remember to take this with a grain of salt.

But what do you guys think? Would you like to see J.J. Abrams ultimately end up directing Star Wars: Episode IX?

(via Latino-Review, Screencrush)

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