“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.”
This should not come as a surprise to many Star Wars fans who have ridden the directorial rollercoaster that started back in 2016 when Rogue One: A Star Wars Story underwent extensive reshoots months before the film was released. Unlike Gareth Edwards who has openly discussed his collaboration with Lucasfilm in reworking his film, Trevorrow will join Josh Trank (Untitled Spinoff), Christopher Miller and Phil Lord (Untitled Han Solo Spinoff) as the fourth director who has split from their respective films under the Disney era of new Star Wars movies.
Colin Trevorrow directed 2015’s Jurassic World, which pleased fans as well as critics. Lucasfilm’s choice to bring him on board to wrap up the Star Wars sequel trilogy seemed like a natural and logical decision, but after the release of Trevorrow’s latest film, Book of Henry, doubts arose as to whether or not he would still be in the director’s chair for the untitled Star Wars Episode IX. Screenwriter Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) was recently brought on to work on Trevorrow’s original script.
While it would be easy to criticize Lucasfilm for this decision, one must also keep in mind the critical and financial success of Rogue One which also had its share of production woes. Lucasfilm obviously has a specific vision for each film and is willing to go to drastic measures in order to tell the best story possible. The Force Awakens as well as Rogue One have proven this given their success, while The Last Jedi has not had any hiccups at all thus far. Directorial changes at this stage of pre-production are not horribly uncommon and an announcement regarding a new director is imminent.
Written By Collin Eckerle