Colin Trevorrow Will No Longer Direct Star Wars Episode IX
Two years ago, the Jurassic World and Safety Not Guaranteed helmer was set to direct Episode IX, but now LucasFilm has announced that they have come to a mutual decision with Colin Trevorrow to part ways due to “creative differences”. LucasFilm released the following statement son after the news hit.
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.
We don’t know what exactly happened, but some reports state that Trevorrow and LucasFilm head Kathleen Kennedy didn’t always see eye to eye and the recent flop of Trevorrows The Book Of Henry didn’t help matters. LucasFilm is no stranger to dropping directors who don’t play ball, notably ending contracts with Josh Trank (who was rumored to be working on a Boba Fett movie) as well as Phil Lord and Chris Miller (who had started work on Han Solo before being replaced by Ron Howard). Star Wars Episode IX still has a January 2018 production start date, for a May 24, 2019 release, so there is still time to find a new director. The top names being thrown around are Episode VII’s JJ Abrams and upcoming Episode VIII’s Rian Johnson, with Johnson being the favorite to take the helm.
The next movie set to be released is Rian Johnson’s Star Wars Episode XIII: The Last Jedi, which will hit theaters December 15th 2017.