Colin Trevorrow Leaves Star Wars Episode IX; What is it With Lucasfilm and Directors???

Star Wars Episode IX

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: Lucasfilm fired a Star Wars director.  Though it’s being spun as a mutually agreeable parting of ways, Variety is reporting Trevorrow much like Phil Miller, Chris Lord, and Josh Trank, was fired off of his Star Wars project.  Forgot about Trank, didn’t you? (and we’re not even sure what spin-off that was supposed to be for).  However, it’s been less than three months since Lord & Miller were fired with only three weeks left in Han Solo‘s principal photography and replaced with Ron Howard.  Who’s going to replace Trevorrow?  The obvious choice is Rian Johnson, since he’s kept a tight ship on The Last Jedi and wrote the screenplay for Episode IX, but there’s no immediate rumored replacement.

On one hand, I’m kind of glad about this one.  Jurassic World is a massively overrated movie in which the direction was one of its biggest problems (though I do love Trevorrow’s Safety Not Guaranteed).  Trevorrow helming what may be the last Episode made me nervous.  Now, I’m beginning to get a little nervous about Lucasfilm scaring off potential directing talent.  I’m glad they’re sticking to their guns on their vision of the story and the universe, and given the two films we’ve gotten, you can hardly argue with their end product.  Directors, though, want control, and the Star Wars franchise is quickly developing a reputation as a place where directors don’t have it.  How JJ Abrams and Rian Johnson made it look so easy is looking like a miracle (maybe Abrams will return for IX?).  Remember, even though he wasn’t fired, Rogue One director Gareth Edwards was supplanted by Tony Gilroy who came in to help shoot the massive reshoots that admittedly made the film a better product.  Does today’s news worry you about the long-term future of the franchise, or are you happy Trevorrow is gone?  Who should replace him?  Star Wars Episode IX is scheduled for a May 24, 2019 release.  More below including the official divorce statement from Coming Soon.
Colin Trevorrow

Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Pictures made the surprise announcement today that Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World, The Book of Henry) will no longer be the Star Wars: Episode IX director.

The announcement reads: “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.”

Written by Simon Kinberg, Lawrence Kasdan, Rian Johnson and Michael Arndt, Star Wars: Episode IX will conclude the third trilogy of Star Wars movies that began with Star Wars: The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015 and will continue on December 15 with Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Episode IX is scheduled for a May 24, 2019 release.


20 thoughts on “Colin Trevorrow Leaves Star Wars Episode IX; What is it With Lucasfilm and Directors???”

  1. Who’s really in control? Kennedy? TFA was wonderful (not quite as great as I thought it was at the time, but still really wonderful) and I just can’t believe R1 was as good as it was if it was helmed by a committee. It might not have been the director, but someone knew what he was doing. And the director seemed to be OK with the reshoots. As for Trank, he directed a high-profile bomb that he appears to have been highly culpable in (see the e-mail he sent to his crew the night before the premiere). And since his SW project hadn’t even been announced, his “departure” wasn’t really a thing.

    I am confident that TLJ will not be a problem. Far from it. This is not a pattern yet, this is just Lord and Miller, and now Treverrow. Two incidents do not a pattern make.

    I liked JW a lot better than you did, but it wasn’t original and Treverrow had no vision of his own. It was just a generic, polished blockbuster. A lot like ROTJ, but ROTJ is the one SW film with no sense of style (you know it’s probably my third-favorite movie, but still). My only concern is Lord and Miller, because as we’ve discussed Disney took fresh talent and replaced it with the entrenched old school, but still, even if Han Solo is a big mistake, it’s just the one film. I don’t think I’m rationalizing here. I’m just extrapolating from the fact that Disney has knocked the first two films out of the park, and probably the third, and this rare turn of events ought to be celebrated while it’s happening, and be a cause for optimism.

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      1. Really! Nothing wrong with continuity. I’m dreading a rehash of ESB with TLJ, but I know in my heart of hearts it won’t happen. Plus I’ve heard some plot details that suggest not. On steroids. I won’t get into them, because I don’t know how unspoiled you’re staying (for once they’ve made it easy) but this is the first one since TPM I’m going into with no trace of trepidation. Let Rian finish it.

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      2. I don’t know much. I haven’t been so unspoiled about a big film in ages.

        This is how it should always be. I wish Disney would try an experiment, and not advertise Episode 9. Make it the most minimalist campaign in history.

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      1. It’s true. It could have been much worse. I just see that generally blockbusters reboots are failing, all because of the film studious. They don’t want to risk and do something unusual. But then… they still want something unusual and they call young directors like G. Edwards, Vogt-Roberts, Trank, Trevorrow hoping that those won’t have too many ambitions.


  2. “I liked JW a lot better than you did, but it wasn’t original and Treverrow had no vision of his own. It was just a generic, polished blockbuster. ” – you think someone would allow a starting directing with one indie movie (which I find brilliant too, as you) done to run a 150 budget and have a full creative freedom? No. They just need somebody to direct it without any extravaganza. Most probably after the success of JW Trevorrow decided that now he will have more power on his creative vision and the problems started.

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  3. I’m not really upset about this, especially considering that Abrams has signed on to helm IX. I do think that Disney needs to make it quite clear to their director choices when they bring them on that Kennedy is the person in charge and if you can’t work within her vision then this isn’t the job for you. I’m not saying that is the right approach but she has a track record of knowing what she is doing and she is the one in charge of Lucasfilm so she gets the last say.

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    1. I don’t like Trevorrow and I think he’s overrated so I never liked him as IX’s director. My concern with Abrams is that he’s a fantastic starter, but he’s never finished anything. He starts great series or reboots movie franchises, and then moves on. That being said, he knows everyone and helped create the characters so if it wasn’t going to be Rian Johnson, I’d have picked Abrams too.

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