There has been another disturbance in the force and Colin Trevorrow will no longer be directing Star Wars: Episode IX. The final chapter of the third trilogy is slated for release on May 24, 2019. Lucasfilm hasn’t announced a replacement yet.
According to a statement by Lucasfilm, “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.”
Colin is popularly known for his work as the director of Jurassic World (2015), which was the most successful movie of the franchise, grossing about $1.6 billion worldwide. Prior to this, Colin received acclaim at the Sundance festival for Safety Not Guaranteed. This movie caught the attention of Steven Spielberg and Universal, and he was roped in to direct the Jurassic Park reboot. The huge success of Jurassic World ensured his spot as the director of Episode IX, announced at Disney’s D23 conference in 2015. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy mentioned about her interest to work with him.
May the force be with us
The Star Wars franchise has been riddled with such shuffles for some time now. Previously, Phil Lord and Chris Miller were replaced with Ron Howard for the Han Solo spin-off movie. This was rather troublesome because the movie had already begun shooting with a scheduled release in May 2018. Rogue One also suffered a similar fate where Gareth Edwards was replaced by Tony Gilroy that demanded a lot of reshooting to be done. According to Hollywood Reporter, “script issues have continued to be a sore spot throughout Episode IX’s development, with Trevorrow having repeated stabs at multiple drafts”. They also mentioned that the working relationship between Colin and Kathleen had become “unmanageable”.
Filming for the unnamed last installment of the trilogy hasn’t begun yet, giving Lucasfilm some breathing space to look for a new director. Rumours are already making the rounds on replacements which could most likely be director Rian Johnson of Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. Another director who could make a comeback to the Star Wars franchise would be J.J. Abrams, who had directed Episode VII: The Force Awakens.