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Trevorrow Asked Johnson to shoot ‘one extra thing’
Media reports stemming from an interview with Star Wars Episode IX captain Colin Trevorrow on the “Happy Sad Confused podcast”, are indicating that The Last Jedi might included a scene specifically designed to come to fruition in the following movie.*
The additional shoot seems similar in scope to when Episode VIII director Rian Johnson asked Episode VII boss J.J. Abrams to include R2D2 in Rey’s journey to Ahch-to.
One Little Thing
“There was one little thing,” said Trevorrow to “Happy Sad Confused” on June 15. “It wasn’t an adjustment, it was just, ‘Could you shoot this one extra thing while you’re in this place on this day?’ And he did, which was great.
“But it’s part of the collaborative process that exists – everyone is in communication,” he continued. “There’s such a genuine want to get this right from everybody, and I think that one of the misconceptions that I think people have, is that there’s some kind of great corporate overlord that is dictating this story to everybody and that’s what it’s going to be because that’s going to sell the most toys.
“The reality of it is that it’s a small group of people, but it’s actually kind of large when you think about it. And none of them are corporate; all of them are creatives and all of them are genuinely, very sincerely, wanting to do the work of their lives in order to realize this,” he said.
Asked about working with Lucasfilm and the Story Group, Trevorrow said it was a kind dream-like creative socialism.
“It’s kind of beautiful, actually,” he said. “I am surrounded by people who are brilliant and all have PHd’s in Star Wars, and are able to engage in some really challenging questions we’re asking each other.
“Not just about what happens,” added Colin, “but why it happens and what does this all mean?”
Beyond Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy, his own creative team (including Michelle Rejwan), and Kiri Hart’s group, Trevorrow said he also worked with Johnson, JJ Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan.
“It gives you a certain amount of confidence,” Trevorrow said with a chuckle. “The story we’re telling has been vetted — extreme vetting — in the best possible way.”
Reason for Worry?
Beyond that vetting, worries from the fanbase are bubbling to the surface. Those concerns have reached mainstream media, particularly in the light of subpar reviews for Trevorrow’s recent release, The Book of Henry.
As Variety’s chief film critic Owen Gleiberman posted on July 16, “The question could hardly be coming along at a better moment. It arrives just when the critical and commercial success of ‘Wonder Woman’ — a new kind of glass-ceiling smasher — has put a bold new issue on the front burner.
“You probably think the issue is: We need more women directors in Hollywood,” he continued. “And you’d be right. But there’s a subtler issue lurking behind it. When we say that we need more women filmmakers, that’s partly a statement about equality and opportunity, but it’s also about hoping that women directors can bring something fresh to the party…”
From fans’ point of view, all of this seems to be good for Star Wars in the long run; as it certainly shines a light on the fanbase’s hope for the ultimate in “out of the box” thinking. And, if he hadn’t already figured it out, it should certainly put Trevorrow on renewed notice that the eyes of millions are upon him, expecting a classic.
And hopefully, Trevorrow can move past any disappointment with The Book of Henry, and pour his energy into making a superior film in the Skywalker saga. However, there is preceedent for Lucasfilm to make a high-profile change.
Up to the Task?
To his credit, Trevorrow seems to understand his role, and — similar to Johnson and Abrams before him — pinned his heart directly to his sleeve.
Trevorrow told MTV’s “Happy Sad Confused” that when he found out that Lucasfilm was preparing to do a new trilogy, he vowed his participation in that re-birth.
“I am going to do this; I am going to direct a Star Wars movie,” he told close friends. “That is why I truly believe I am here
Trevorrow seemed convinced (at the time) that cosmic tumblers had rolled into place.
“That is what I truly believe I am here to do,” he said to anyone who’d listen. “Not in an arrogant way; really, really deeply I believed it.”
Now he simply has to convince others — lots and lots of others. To that end, the director also admitted to Happy Sad Confused that his naivete had fallen away. And with good reason, what with pre-critiques flying at him from all sides.
“Colin Trevorrow has been entrusted with a legacy that people care about,” concluded Gleiberman in Variety. “[T]hey have a right to scrutinize what, exactly, he has done to earn that trust. They have a right to say: If he’s going to bring this off, he’s going to have to raise his game.”
Shooting Begins Soon
Even in light of his current work’s reception, Trevorrow seems set to move forward, chin high.
“Be proud of everything you paint,” he tweeted on June 15, “even if Mom doesn’t put it on the fridge.”
However, with shooting not scheduled to begin until January, it remains to be seen whether “Mom” takes away that paint.
*Contrary to media reports, it was not clear whether the extra footage would be in Episode VIII or Episode IX. Listeners should decide for themselves. JB