After parting ways with Colin Trevorrow last week (click here for more details), Lucasfilm moved with their typical lightning speed to replace directors and the new boss is same as the old boss. The Last Jedi’s Rian Johnson was first offered the film, but declined stating he’d not be averse to doing a future Star Wars film though. Lucasfilm then went back to the man who kicked off the Star Wars renaissance and JJ Abrams will return to direct and write a new script (with Chris Terrerio) for Star Wars Episode IX. Since they’re now starting from scratch, the film has been delayed for a Christmas 2019 release.
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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. Continue reading Colin Trevorrow Leaves Star Wars Episode IX; What is it With Lucasfilm and Directors???