In a world of franchises and familiar stories we all love, the Star Wars franchise is arguably the hottest. [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158) hits theaters in December, and the pundits are already predicting it to beat out monster hits like Jurassic World, [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035), and of course Furious 7.
So, what better director to choose for [Star Wars: Episode IX](tag:711880) than the one who put together the massive beast that was/is Jurassic World? If he could bring the epic dinosaur franchise back to the forefront of Hollywood, he surely can do the same with everyone's favorite scifi franchise... right?
Lucasfilm and Disney have announced (and its been long rumored) Colin Trevorrow will direct Star Wars: Episode IX, closing out the third Star Wars trilogy started by J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and continued by Rian Johnson (Star Wars: Episode VIII). The announcement was made during Disney’s D23 live-action event panel this weekend.
Here's what Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy had to say about the announcement:
“Colin is someone I’ve been interested in working with ever since I saw Safety Not Guaranteed. The power of that film paired with the enormous success of Jurassic World speaks volumes about his abilities both as a storyteller and skilled filmmaker. We are thrilled to have such an incredible talent as Colin join our family and step into the Star Wars universe.”
And Trevorrow had this very eloquent point about the responsibility of handling the film, which is supposed to be released some time in 2019:
“This is not a job or an assignment. It is a seat at a campfire, surrounded by an extraordinary group of storytellers, filmmakers, artists and craftspeople. We’ve been charged with telling new stories for a younger generation because they deserve what we all had—a mythology to call their own. We will do this by channeling something George Lucas instilled in all of us: boundless creativity, pure invention and hope.”
I think it's safe to say the Star Wars fandom is a bit more nit-picky and intense than the Jurassic Park one. The handling of this movie will have to be extremely detailed and intricate. And while Jurassic World was a huge hit, I think that this will be a bigger test for Trevorrow.
I think he's up to the task though. I can't wait to see the newest installments from one of my favorite series' of movies ever. This news, of course, was met with its fair share of skeptics... as any announcement probably would have been.
I think those haters will be silenced, though, by 2019 when Trevorrow proves his talents with Jurassic World 2 and Star Wars Episode IX back-to-back.