Colin Trevorrow Joins List of Directors to Drop Star Wars Project
Director Colin Trevorrow will no longer helm "Star Wars" Episode IX. Announced by Lucasfilm last Tuesday, Trevorrow is now the fourth director under the "Star Wars" franchise to part ways with the production company.
In the statement released by Lucasfilm, the difference of vision for the project is indicated as the main reason for Trevorrow's departure from Episode IX, Polygon reported. However, problems with the script could be the point of conflict, as Trevorrow kept on revising the script for the final installment of the Skywalker Saga. Recently, British scriptwriter Jack Thorne joined the team to help out with the script for the ninth installment of the "Star Wars" franchise.
Treverrow's exit comes three months after Phil Lord and Chris Miller bowed out of the "Han Solo" spinoff, a few weeks away from completing principal photography. As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, he is the fourth director to part ways with Lucasfilm, with Gareth Edwards and John Trank stepping out before completing the project.
Edwards left some time before the release of the first spinoff title "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story." On the other hand, Trank, who was supposed to handle another spinoff movie, was axed by Disney in early pre-production.
Lucasfilm has yet to announce who would helm the yet-untitled Episode IX. Several rumors are circulating that "The Force Awakens" director J.J. Abrams may take another ride on closing the Skywalker Saga, while others indicate that Rian Johnson, who helmed the upcoming "The Last Jedi" is also under consideration.
Colin Trevorrow's 2012 film "Safety Not Guaranteed" became a hit in that year's Sundance Festival. The director originally took the "Star Wars" Episode IX project in 2015, after hitting gold with the newest entry in the "Jurassic Park" franchise, "Jurassic World". The director's latest flick, "The Book of Henry", drew negative reviews and favorable audience response.