Let's remember that the original director lineup was JJ Abrams for Episode VII, Rian Johnson for Episode VIII, and Colin Trevorrow for Episode IX. They had some sort of structural plan for directors at least, until complications arose that they couldn't see coming.
First: Carrie Fisher died.
Then, Trevorrow departed Episode IX due to "creative differences" with LucasFilm following that. So either his script rewrites following Fisher's passing couldn't pass muster, he left due to some other accusations toward him that were going on somewhat simultaneously, or a combo of both. The original version of Episode IX was supposedly pretty great, since Daisy Ridley said in an interview that she cried after reading it.
Following that, JJ was brought onto Episode IX so they could keep their production schedule, ticking off Paramount in the process and derailing Star Trek 4.
They didn't start off with this idea that they'd get two directors to contradict one another and make a conflicted mess of a trilogy. They wanted three unique directors to create new and interesting stories to "revitalize" the franchise. not that the franchise really needed that, since die hard Star Wars fans that wanted more stories had stuff like The Clone Wars and the EU
Can you please post a link to an article where he states this in an interview? I have a few that would show evidence to the exact opposite of this.
This one specifically mentions that, Asked if fan outcry would at all impact his vision for the upcoming film, Abrams was clear. “Not in the least,”. (placed that there so you don't have to read the whole thing)
And finally, support for Johnson's decision to make Rey's parents nobodies.
Also, dug this back up. Naturally, take what actors say with a grain of salt.