After the flopping of Solo: A Star Wars Story at the box office, director J.J. Abrams is working to course correct the story for Star Wars: Episode IX.
According to Comicbook, Solo ended up being a flop, bringing $393 million worldwide and only $213 million domestically. This comes on the heels of director Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which drew so much controversy among fans. Abrams almost passed on directing Episode IX after Colin Trevorrow’s departure, but Abrams caved in once he gave it some more thought.
“I learned so much in that movie [Solo] and I saw that this was a chance to sort of realize something that we hadn’t quite achieved and part of that was it was simply the beginning of these new characters and their story.”
The opportunity to come into a full circle to finish the story, that Abrams started in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, played a factor in his return to the director’s chair.
“The opportunity to sort of take what we had learned, to take the feeling of who these characters are and what they are and give them a final chapter that felt in the spirit of what we begun? It was too delicious of an opportunity to pass up.”
Fans, whether they hated The Last Jedi/Solo or not, have to be excited about the fact that Abrams returning to direct IX. Abrams has proven that he is more than capable of working on big franchise films. So it will be interesting to see how Abrams will be able to “course correct” a continuation of an ongoing story that will hopefully have people leaving theaters smiling ear to ear once Episode IX comes out.
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