It’s an interesting time in the world of Star Wars. I remember when I first started this job back in 2003, and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith was on the near horizon. The big difference then being that Revenge of the Sith was the only thing going on in the cinematic world of Star Wars.
Now, not only due we have Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens on the horizon, but we have Rian Johnson writing and directing Star Wars: Episode VIII and Gareth Edwards already beginning work on Rogue One, the first of several standalone Star Wars films.
On top of that we have the 20 books that will come between now and the December release of The Force Awakens, which is to say Disney and Lucasfilm have more than enough to keep fans interested so it will never seem like there is a lack of goodies coming from “Star Wars” headquarters to continually whet fan appetite. Yet, rumors abound and a new one has arrived today.
Over at Latino Review they are reporting there’s a “good chance” J.J. Abrams will return to direct Star Wars: Episode IX after Johnson’s Episode VIII. The site says Disney is “very happy with what Abrams has delivered” so far and they have verified with four sources that Abrams is indeed the current frontrunner. This would give him more than enough time to remove himself from the world of Star Wars, work on his own project in the meantime and return to it in a couple years, leading up to the 2019 release.