There has been quite a bit of buzz about Star Wars: Episode IX. Colin Trevorrow was fired as the film’s director just a few days ago. When a director get fired, it typically means the movie is struggling. This time I think it will turn out quite well. J.J. Abrams has a lot of experience directing films and did a fantastic job with The Force Awakens. To quote Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, “With The Force Awakens, J.J. delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for, and I am so excited that he is coming back to close out this trilogy.” He will be writing and directing Episode IX.
One side effect of this change is that the release date has been moved from May 24, 2019 to December 20, 2019. This will give Abrams more time to put his touch on Episode IX. The change may not be entirely due to the director change. Marvel movies are often released in May and we know there will be a film released May 3, 2019. This was originally going to be Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2. Though the movie will have a different title and story line, its likely to be a box office hit. It is surprising Disney had planned on releasing both a Star Wars and a Marvel movie in the same month. The delay will likely prove to be better for the movie and better for the box office.