Is it official that J.J is to direct episode IX?
Well Rian was Luacsfilms first choice and it’s clear why. But i do understand why he turned it down, he finished working on the last Jedi and been working on it for around 3 years. I can understand why he wants to take a step back for a time and relax.
That said i think that J.J is the next best choice, yes TFA was a very safe film. But that was what Star Wars needed at the time, Lucasfilm need to distance itself from the backlash of the prequels and give people a very classic Star Wars film that holds true to the spirit. I think if he was to direct the 9th film he would do it differently and not be held back by the pressure to bring the most influential movie franchise back to it’s glory as well as roots.
In many ways TFA need to be what it was, not only was it Lucasfilms wish but also J.J vision for the project for the movie close to the roots. It might have been a film that played it safe, but i think it needed that.
Other then J.J, maybe Spielberg could finally get his chance to direct a Star Wars film. Hell he was suppose to direct both Episode 3 as well as one of the originals. I always wanted to see him direct one.