Colin Trevorrow Drops Out of Directing Star Wars: Episode 9

Posted 2017/09/06 0 0

Director Colin Trevorrow, who had been attached to helm Star Wars: Episode IX since summer 2015, has exited the project.


In a statement issued by Lucasfilm, the news was broken in the typically polite, non-specific fashion. "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."

Trevorrow was announced as the director of the project back in 2015, fresh off his Jurassic World success. That film ended up grossing over $1.6 billion worldwide, but his follow-up The Book of Henry was both a commercial and critical disaster. During his time onboard, Trevorrow was extremely complimentary of Lucasfilm’s collaborative nature, promising fans a poignant conclusion to the trilogy (and possibly the saga). However, reports are suggesting it was an uneasy alliance. Per THR, script issues plagued Episode IX in development, which led to Jack Thorne being hired in August to rewrite the screenplay. Sources told the outlet Trevorrow’s relationship with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy had become “unmanageable.” After the Han Solo fiasco, Kennedy apparently “tried to avoid this decision,” but the parties could not agree on the right direction for Star Wars 9.

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. Episode IX was reportedly set to begin shooting in January of next year, but it’s not clear whether this creative change will push that date further out.