With a news that J.J. Abrams has been hired to cowrite and approach Episode IX, Lucasfilm’s summary is clear: It’s time to revive assent to a Star Wars galaxy. The past year has been a quite pell-mell one for a franchise, that has endured a third-act triage of Rogue One; a filmmaker switcheroo on subsequent year’s Han Solo movie; and a new parting-of-ways with strange Episode IX executive Colin Trevorrow. The recruitment of Abrams—who, along with cowriter Lawrence Kasdan, helped spin 2015’s The Force Awakens into an Oscar-nominated, box office-blasting smash—signals that Lucasfilm, during slightest for now, is reduction meddlesome in bringing new perspectives to a Star Wars star and some-more meddlesome in doubling their efforts to get these cinema behind on track.
To some Star Wars fans, even a ones who desired The Force Awakens, a preference to breeze Abrams is reason adequate to send adult a few flares (not to discuss a lot of lens light jokes). With Looper‘s Rian Johnson overseeing December’s Episode VIII, it seemed as yet Lucasfilm was vigilant in holding some-more behind-the-camera chances with a authorization than George Lucas ever did (Lucas destined 4 of a Star Wars cinema expelled between 1977 and 2005 and hold artistic lean over a rest). So when Trevorrow exited final week, Twitter collectively floated a who’s-next wishlist of probable replacements, with names such as Ava DuVernay, Edgar Wright, Patty Jenkins, and Star Wars Rebels cocreator Dave Filoni all creation a rounds.
Those are, admittedly, distant some-more intriguing prospects than Abrams. That’s not meant as a ding: His Force Awakens was a complicated lift—he somehow had to make a film that would damp old-timers while tractor-beaming newcomers—and, even underneath those constraints, Abrams wound adult creation one of a (relatively) springiest cinema of his career. Yet audiences have already seen what an Abrams Star Wars film looks like: Sturdy and respectful, with a infrequently pleasing, spasmodic fan-pandering clarity of how to ease a neediest pangs of nostalgia. For Force Awakens, that worked fine. But a Star Wars story is now one of a longest using stories in renouned culture, and, as evidenced by a can’t-reverse-course stiltedness of Attack of a Clones and Revenge of a Sith, it’s a story that suffers when one chairman hangs around in a cockpit for too long. Fans still dream of what would have happened if David Lynch hadn’t incited down Return of a Jedi, and with good reason: Star Wars, for all a charm, has always indispensable a bit some-more wildness, a kind we can usually get when bringing uninformed eyes to an packed narrative. (And besides: Who wouldn’t wish to see Jack Nance as a malice trainer?)
Still, to counterfeit a famous Jedi: When we cruise only how unsure things have been in a Star Wars star (and this is a lot of tumult, even in a teetering-tentpole era), Abrams’ employing creates clarity from a certain indicate of view. The Disney-owned Lucasfilm has already slotted a May 2019 recover date for Episode IX, and while there’s certainly some shake room on a calendar, a prolongation this oversized, and this deadline-driven, needs to be adult and using in a matter of days, not weeks (Update: Earlier today, Lucasfilm announced a Episode IX recover date would now be Dec 20, 2019). Bringing someone like Abrams, who’s lived in this star before—and, many crucially, has on-the-ground relations with a franchise’s stars, technicians, and producers—helps Lucasfilm avert a gazillion opposite headaches. He’s not a daring, Han Solo-like risk-taker that fans want, though he might be a Wedge Antilles that they need: A reliable, gifted palm who can during slightest lift a swift out of trouble. Here’s anticipating that, once he’s helped stabilise a Star Wars universe, Lucasfilm decides to open it adult to others.