Earlier reports indicated Colin Trevorrow would helm Star Wars’ next installment, Episode IX.
In a statement on Star Wars’ official website, Lucasfilm and director Colin Trevorrow have announced their mutual decision to part ways. “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,” the statement read. “We wish Colin the best and will be sharing more information about the film soon.”
Fans met the announcement of Trevorrow’s hiring with mixed reactions. After an abysmal critical response to his most recent film, The Book of Henry, Trevorrow came under scrutiny from Star Wars fans who felt the director’s vision would lead the franchise away from its beloved (and well-protected) source material.
Rumors of script rewrites and disagreements over the film’s vision plagued the development. While never acknowledged, those rumors seemed confirmed by news regarding the hiring of writer Jack Thorne, noted co-writer of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Indeed Lucasfilm’s points to a different vision, likely held by Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy.
Bad News Strikes Back
Kennedy has already borne the burden of “parting ways” with Star Wars directors. In June, she announced the firing of Han Solo directors, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, saying “[they] are talented filmmakers who have assembled an incredible cast and crew, but it’s become clear that we had different creative visions on this film, and we’ve decided to part ways. A new director will be announced soon.”
Lord and Miller followed with a statement, saying, “Unfortunately, our vision and process weren’t aligned with our partners on this project. We normally aren’t fans of the phrase ‘creative differences’ but for once this cliché is true.”
In July, Ron Howard took over directing the Han Solo film after an announcement from Lucasfilm. Kennedy reiterated the company’s belief that, “the highest goal of each film is to delight, carrying forward the spirit of the saga that George Lucas began forty years ago.”
It’s unclear who might helm Episode IX. The film was originally scheduled to begin shooting in January 2018, though with attention focused on forthcoming release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, it’s possible filming could be delayed.
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