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STAR WARS NEWS: Colin Trevorrow Out as Star Wars: Episode IX Director

By Muuka Muyumba

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has announced today that they are moving on from putative director Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World) who has been slated to start production on Episode IX sometime in January. In what has somehow become a bit of a rite of passage for up-and-coming director, Trevorrow has been let go for apparent creative differences with the very specific vision of Kennedy.

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.

Many pundits had been wondering whether Trevorrow would survive as the director after his huge critical and financial misstep in The Book of Henry. The reports are so fresh that we don’t have a true media speculation as to the reason, but the script had been undergoing significant revisions over the several months since Trevorrow had been named the director.

Kennedy has now had to move on from 3 directors including Josh Trank (Chronicle), Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie), and now Trevorrow. All them left for various reasons and various stages of the development process. Trank hadn’t gotten into development on a bounty hunter film, Lord and Miller were mid-production on Han Solo, and again Trevorrow had worked on and reworked on a script for Episode IX before his release. One thing that all of these directors have had in common is that they were the next-big-thing, and their statuses were confirmed by Lucasfilm snatching them up. Another major comparison point is that Lucasfilm snatched them up before they had a story developed for their films.

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Kennedy struggled with Lord and Miller on the set and in the media in what was called a clear culture clash. That culture clash may have also been indicative of a new style of directing to which this generation is accustomed. Improvisation. Lord and Miller also strayed far from Lawrence Kasdan’s script which is like not including a Jedi in a Star Wars movie (see Gareth Edwards and Rogue One). Kennedy is said to be looking for a much more traditional set experience without significant straying from the Star Wars tableau.

Trevorrow had to work over his script twice since being named the director of the film. He also had to deal with the skyrocketing expectations of a sequel to Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi which has not suffered from the same behind-the-scenes trauma that has come with every other new trilogy and anthology film so far.

Kennedy appears to be looking for stability of production as she transitioned to veteran director Tony Gilroy for significant pick ups on Rogue One and later veteran Oscar winning director Ron Howard on Han Solo. One has to wonder whether Kennedy will opt for another highly experienced director for Episode IX.

Kennedy could also finally fulfill her desire of hiring a woman to direct a Star Wars film, and in particular, the end of Rey’s (Daisy Ridley) hero journey. One major ‘experienced’ female director who doesn’t currently have her schedule tied up is Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow. Ava Duvernay may also be a front-runner considering her un-credited involvement in story development on The Force Awakens.

Star Wars: Episode IX is slated for release in May of 2019.