J.J. Abrams promises Episode IX won’t be a retread, will take Star Wars ‘elsewhere’

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Mar 26, 2021, 9:00 AM EDT (Updated)

J.J. Abrams plans to deliver something entirely new with Star Wars: Episode IX by taking them to places yet unknown to the inhabitants of the galaxy far, far away.

"We have to take them places that they haven’t gone, and that’s sort of our responsibility. It’s a strange thing," he said during an interview on BBC Radio 4 with his long time composer Michael Giacchino (UP, Super 8, Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story).

"Michael’s worked on things like Planet of the Apes and Star Trek and Star Wars, and these are the things of dreams. Yet we can’t just revel in that; we have to go elsewhere." 

Abrams' quote could be an acknowledement of the complaints among some fans that The Force Awakens was little more than a rehash of A New Hope. Where he'll take the franchise in the ninth installment is limited only by imagination, and it seems a bit early to start theorizing with The Last Jedi not even in theaters yet. But wherever this "Elsewhere" is, it better have porgs!