HOLLYWOOD, CA – DECEMBER 14: Filmmaker George Lucas (L) and director, producer and writer J.J. Abrams attend the premiere of Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm’s ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ at the Dolby Theatre on December 14, 2015, in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
He has successfully navigated and conquered his first Star Wars film in Episode VII: The Force Awakens. He has also directed the hit TV show Lost and directed the Sci-fi thriller Super 8. JJ Abrams even trained under the wings of the one who started it all, George Lucas himself.
Abrams has been nominated for 2 primetime Emmys, 18 other awards and 51 nominations over his years of directing, producing and writing. Along with the previous experience in filming Star Wars and the awards he has won, J.J. Abrams would be a perfect fit to finish what he started.
HOLLYWOOD, CA – JANUARY 28: Director David Fincher speaks onstage at the 63rd Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards Feature Film Symposium held at the DGA on January 28, 2012, in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for DGA)
Fincher has directed some very well known movies: Se7en, The Social Network, Gone Girl, Girl With the Dragon Tattoo are just a few of his popular works of art. With these movies among his arsenal, the argument for him to direct the next episode is in his favor.
Fincher has been nominated for 2 Oscars and has won over 60 other awards. Out of all the other choices, this by far is the best choice. By the sheer number of movies and awards, Fincher is the most accomplished director so far.
The untitled Episode IX won’t grace the big screens until May of 2019, but we hope to find out the replacement director very soon. Stay tuned to Dork Side of the Force as we will update this ongoing situation.