Trevorrow’s long-speculated departure leaves Star Wars: Episode IX without a director
Was anybody really shocked?
The full (?) statement from Lucasfilm, first reported on MSW by Jason, simply says:
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.
That’s not much explanation for such a big story. So the “knights of the keyboards” jumped on the case…
From around the Internet
The Hollywood Reporter’s Borys Kit and Mia Galuppo wrote:
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that script issues have continued to be a sore spot throughout Episode IX’s development, with Trevorrow having repeated stabs at multiple drafts. In August, Jack Thorne, the British scribe who wrote the upcoming Julia Roberts-Jacob Tremblay movie Wonder, was tapped to work on the script… Sources say that the working relationship between Trevorrow and Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy became unmanageable. Kennedy, who had already been through one director firing/replacement on the Han Solo spinoff movie, was not eager for a sequel and tried to avoid this decision.
Entertainment Weekly’s Anthony Breznican added:
Although Lucasfilm’s new movies have found immense success at the box office and with audiences and critics, the process of working with directors on the new saga and spin-offs has occasionally been fraught… Chronicle filmmaker Josh Trank was set to direct an unspecified stand-alone movie (believed to be a Boba Fett project) before parting ways amid chaos on the recent Fantastic Four movie. And The LEGO Movie directors Phil Miller and Chris Lord were removed from the young Han Solo film and replaced with veteran Ron Howard amid disputes over the state of that project.
J.J. or RJ?
Rumors are already circulating as to possible replacements for Trevorrow. Rian Johnson, who is in post for The Last Jedi (Episode VIII), has been mentioned as a possibility, returning to the franchise. J.J. Abrams, who successfully helmed Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has also emerged as a top contender.
However, Umberto Gonzalez from The Wrap tweeted:
UPDATE: Just checked the JJ ABRAMS rumor and it was shot down.
— Umberto Gonzalez (@elmayimbe) September 6, 2017
Deadline Hollywood’s Mike Fleming filled out the narrative, writing:
The other takeaway regarding the exit of Trevorrow is that when it comes to the billion-dollar Disney silo machine, the auteur director takes a back seat to the star studio chief. In this collision of art and extreme commerce, directors who are changeable are the ones who succeed in these kinds of films. We’ve seen Marvel’s Kevin Feige replace directors of Marvel superhero movies and rule with an authoritative my-way-or-the-highway mind-set that has led to an unprecedented string of audience-pleasing blockbuster hits. We are seeing the same thing with Kathy Kennedy on the Lucasfilm side.
More Star Wars for Johnson?
Meanwhile, Fleming added an “exclusive” snippet about the Episode VIII director:
Put Rian Johnson atop the short list of directors who might replace the recently departed Colin Trevorrow in Star Wars: Episode IX. Insiders said that nothing is done yet, but that prospect is certainly in the air right now. The Looper helmer fit seamlessly into the Lucasfilm machine, which is no small feat given the number of star directors who’ve been chewed up and spat out under the “creative differences” line in exiting Star Wars movies.
Let’s talk about it…
Our friends over at Slashfilm brought in Germain Lussier to discuss all of this (and namedrop MSW’s editor-in-chief, Jason Ward) in a really informative podcast:
— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) September 5, 2017
And tweep Charlie Ashby might’ve had the notion of the night:
this post did not age well pic.twitter.com/FnzZaKNDmV
— Charlie Ashby (@CMWAshby) September 5, 2017
This story ain’t over. So keep it on MakingStarWars.net for everything on the saga behind the Saga. JB