The announcement that J.J. Abrams would take over Colin Trevorrow from directing Star Wars: Episode IX was a slight shock to fans, but a guaranteed safe choice after the consecutive firings of two Star Wars directors.
However, Abrams’ involvement is proving to be more shocking for Paramount Pictures CEO Jim Gianopulos, as Abrams was being paid $10 million a year by the studio for all film efforts in the future. This deal was a guarantee after Abrams directed Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015, and stepping away from the franchise. Or so it seemed.
Now the newly crowned CEO finds himself in this dilemma around the same time as the studio’s latest film mother! bombing at the box office and being mauled by audiences with an “F” CinemaScore grade.
When Abrams had signed on for The Force Awakens, he was able to do so away from his Paramount contract because said contract allowed such an action. He was needed by Kathleen Kennedy and Lucasfilm to take on Episode IX quickly, avoiding a who-will-direct internet debate.
At the moment, sources say that Gianopulos is tolerating the move from Abrams, though he seems not too happy about it. Gianopulos had certainly hoped that Abrams could swerve Paramount back on track after an incredibly disappointing year last year financially. This will have to wait, and an extensive unpleasant turn from Gianopulos would certainly alienate film giants like Disney, Lucasfilm and even Steven Spielberg, who has taken credit for getting Abrams to helm The Force Awakens in the first place.
The deal Abrams had made with the studio is highly lucrative, and won’t be repeated in the future. The money Gianopulos has to scrape up to cover keeping Abrams in the Paramount loop is a substantial seven-figures, but certainly less than the previous deal. It is still necessary as the work that J.J. Abrams had done for Paramount since 2006 with Star Trek, Mission: Impossible and Cloverfield films and others has earned the studio $5.7 billion worldwide. Everyone loves a cash cow, and Abrams is certainly one that Paramount needs to keep in order to stay afloat.
Star Wars: Episode IX‘s cast is not a certainty yet but Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Adam Driver are expected to return, unless something happens in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, in cinemas December 15.
Episode IX was pushed from its May release date following director changes, and is set to be released December 20, 2019.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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