At the time of writing, we're 273 days, 13 hours, 40 minutes and 23 seconds away from the release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. You can tell we're excited, right? With tried-and-tested sci-fi director and hardcore Star Wars fan J. J. Abrams in the director's chair, it's looking likely a return to form for the classic space-faring series.
But, of course, Episode VII is only the first part of a new Star Wars trilogy. With Episode VIII to be helmed by Looper's Rian Johnson, and Rogue One, the first spin-off movie to be directed by Godzilla's Gareth Edwards, Episode IX's director's chair remains open. However, according to a report by Latino Review, it'll be Abrams returning to conclude the trilogy.
Claiming to have verified the news from four independent sources, the site states that Disney executives, having seen an early work-in-progress cut of The Force Awakens, are "very happy" with the Lost creator's work on the franchise so far. So happy that they're keen to get him back behind the camera ahead of any other possible directors.
As yet, there's been no official word from either J. J. Abrams' press team nor Disney's. But with Episode IX not slated to hit cinemas until 2019 at the earliest, it may be a long time until we hear confirmation either way. [Latino Review via GamesRadar+]