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That's right, as we predicted some time ago, director and writer Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World) has officially parted ways with Lucasfilm and President Kathleen Kennedy.
Here’s the official statement from Lucasfilm:
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.
Seems amicable right? Well not so fast! Much like the recent departure of director Phil Lord and Chris Miller from the untitled Han Solo film, there seems to be a lot more going on here than what meets the eye. Following the press release from Lucasfilm, The Hollywood Reporter chimed in with some details on the drama behind-the-scenes.
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that script issues have continued to be a sore spot throughout Episode IX’s development, with Trevorrow having repeated stabs at multiple drafts. In August, Jack Thorne, the British scribe who wrote the upcoming Julia Roberts-Jacob Tremblay movie Wonder, was tapped to work on the script.
Sources say that the working relationship between Trevorrow and Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy became unmanageable. Kennedy, who had already been through one director firing/replacement on the Han Solo spinoff movie, was not eager for a sequel and tried to avoid this decision.
While there's still more news that's sure to come out about this move by Lucasfilm, I'm personally looking at this as a good thing for the ninth installment in the greatest saga ever told. While I'm a fan of Colin Trevorrow, having loved his film Safety is Not Guaranteed, Jurassic World was fun but not as cinematic and thought provoking as I for one would have liked. Jurassic World always felt like a "by the numbers" kind of film. So when Trevorrow was originally announced way back when as the helmer for Episode IX, I was never really on bored.
Thankfully Kathleen Kennedy and Lucasfilm made this decision now, months before production is even close to beginning on the final chapter in the Star Wars saga. Having another Lord and Miller situation halfway through production isn't good for anyone.
Rumors are currently hitting the interwebs about who could take the vacant directors chair, I top pick would be to see Steven Spielberg finally helm a Star Wars film, a longtime friend of Star Wars creator George Lucas and Lucasfilm. The stars have never quite aligned as they are right now for the greatest living director to step in and helm a chapter in the greatest saga ever told. So fingers crossed.
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Star Wars: Episode IX is currently slated to hit theaters on May 24th, 2019.