Colin Trevorrow shook up the internet with the latest news that the Jurassic World director was dropping out of Star Wars: Episode IX. This is especially shocking as this is the second time this year a director has stepped down from a Star Wars film. Back in July, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were reportedly fired from the Han Solo anthology film and replaced with Ron Howard – it makes you wonder what makes directing a Star Wars film so unbearable?
However, Rian Johnson, who is directing the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi, has stated that he has had the time of his life directing the film and would love to do it all over again. Back in July, during the whole Han Solo anthology film director situation, Johnson was asked over Twitter if he would ever do it all over again. He responded with a very enthusiastic yes:
Fans are speculating that Trevorrow's departure from Episode IX is connected to The Book of Henry, Trevorrow's June release that was a box office and critical failure. It seems likely that despite his second film, Jurassic World, becoming the highest grossing movie of 2015, #Lucasfilm was losing faith in their choice of director.
Lucasfilm released the following statement after the departure of Trevorrow:
"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."
Johnson, on the other hand, is no stranger to the #scifi genre. Back in 2012, Johnson directed the commercial and critical hit, Looper, a film that many continued to enjoy after multiple viewings. This is unlike Jurassic World, where audiences found flaws after their second viewing. However, there was another big issue going on behind the scenes of Episode XI.
Apparently, one of the big concerns with the film was screenwriter, Jack Thorne trying to complete a first draft of the film. The working relationship between Trevorrow and Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy was deteriorating and Thorne ordered for script rewrites, hoping to smooth everything over. Unfortunately, this led to opposite effect and sent Trevorrow out the door.
Hopefully, #StarWarsTheLastJedi will prove to be a smash hit and even more than its 2015 predecessor, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Lucasfilm has planned for Episode XI to be released on May 24, 2019.
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[Source: Hollywood Reporter]