Colin Trevorrow Out As Director Of ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ | Film News
Another Star Wars film, another axed director. Though at least this one has come far earlier than the abrupt firings of Phil Lord and Chris Miller on the untitled Han Solo movie. Disney and Lucasfilm released a statement regarding their decision to part ways with director Colin Trevorrow for Star Wars: Episode IX:
“Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX. Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ. We wish Colin the best and will be sharing more information about the film soon”.
The Jurassic World director just released a very poorly received film in The Book Of Henry and Episode IX just hired a new writer, Jack Thorne, which was perhaps a sign of things to come. Trevorrow himself originally signed onto the project to co-write the film with Derek Connolly before moving up into the directors chair.
This news is still somewhat of a surprise, as Trevorrow’s work on Jurassic World fits nicely in line with Disney’s vision for the new Star Wars franchise; plenty of nostalgia for the prior films while using the same themes with new characters. But obviously Disney felt a change was needed.
Luckily for them, they’ve realised this far in advance of the start of production, rather than 2/3rds through it. Production is not set to begin on the film until January 2018, so there’s plenty of time to find a new director, and they likely have someone in mind if they’re willing to release the above statement.
Is it possible The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson is asked to take over another film in the franchise? Or perhaps Disney will find a director not yet associated with the franchise, as there’s bound to be plenty willing to direct a Star Wars film.
Stay tuned for news on who will replace Trevorrow at the helm of Episode IX. The film currently has a release date of May 24, 2019.