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Eleanor Tremeer

Strap yourself in kid, and don't get cocky, because yet another director has been fired from a Star Wars movie — and this time it's a big'un. Colin Trevorrow, who directed the smash hit Jurassic World and box-office bomb The Book Of Henry, has parted ways with Lucasfilm ahead of pre-production on Star Wars Episode IX.

After Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired from the solo Han Solo movie, we're left wondering why Lucasfilm has a problem with so many of their directors. And a lot of the issues seem to be creative — just like Lord and Miller, who split with Lucasfilm over creative differences, Colin Trevorrow's script seems to be the cause of his dismissal.

Script Problems With Star Wars Episode IX

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Trevorrow turned in draft after draft of the Episode IX script, unable to conclude the saga to Lucasfilm's satisfaction. Multiple sources have claimed that Trevorrow's problems with Lucasfilm had been festering for months, as he just couldn't get the script right.

In fact, another scriptwriter was brought in last month, in the form of Harry Potter And The Cursed Child writer Jack Thorne. Ultimately, the studio felt the best thing was to cut Trevorrow out of the production entirely — and we don't yet know if the current script will be scrapped, or simply redrafted.

Obviously, all of this does not bode well for the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Back in May, after JJ Abrams hinted as much, The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson confirmed that Lucasfilm had no overarching plan for the trilogy. Abrams planted the seeds of a story, and it was up to Johnson and Trevorrow to see these plot threads through to the end. It's distressing to know that even The Last Jedi is only an installment in the saga, and that Johnson's idea of how the story will end is far from definite. And I've got a bad feeling about this.

The key to a good, and satisfying story is consistency in writing. Plot holes can unravel even the best-told tales, and that's not what the saga deserves. Even before a story is begun, the writer should have an idea of how it ends, as this will allow them to foreshadow plot points and add depth to the story's beginning. Otherwise, subsequent writers are just playing catch-up, forced into a box by any plot points previous writers wanted to drop, and unable to retcon the narrative even if they have a better idea of how the story should end.

Raise your hand if you're worried about how this will affect Rey's story. [Credit: Lucasfilm]
Raise your hand if you're worried about how this will affect Rey's story. [Credit: Lucasfilm]

Hopefully, this isn't the case with the sequel trilogy. It's possible that during work on The Last Jedi, the Lucasfilm writers put their heads together and mapped out how the trilogy should end. If that's the case, then it's simply poor execution on Trevorrow's part that lead to his dismissal. This should make redrafting easy, even if the new scriptwriters have to start from scratch, as they'll already have a story plan.

But if this isn't the case, then everything is in flux. Rey could be a Skywalker or a Kenobi or just a randomer. Snoke could be an ancient enemy of the Jedi or a power-hungry despot. The Porgs could be cute fuzzy creatures or First Order spies that will lull the Resistance into a false sense of security then attack and eat away the system from within!

The point is, literally anything is possible at this point. Which is a rather unstable position for the biggest movie franchise in the world to be in.

Tell us in the comments: Who do you think should replace Colin Trevorrow as writer and director?

(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)


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