A galaxy far, far away has once again been shaken by behind the scenes drama. According to StarWars.com, LucasFilm announced Jurassic World’s Colin Trevorrow has stepped down from Star Wars: Episode IX.
Their brief statement read:
“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.”
Sources indicated that this breakup stemmed from creative differences over the script. The film was slated to hit theaters on May 24, 2019, with production expected to start sometime next year.
This news comes a few months after Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired from the Han Solo movie and replaced by Ron Howard just a few months shy of wrapping up production on the spin-off.
For some fans, Trevorrow leaving the project is somewhat of a relief. He may have broken box office records with Jurassic World, but the development of the plot and characters (particularly the women) drew much criticism. His newest project, The Book of Henry, didn’t help his case either and was slammed for its tonal shifts and bizarre twists.
Judging from their choice for the Han Solo film, it’s highly likely that Kathleen Lennedy will reach out for another safe director that will abide by their structure. However, judging from the hype 3 months before release, Kennedy should just ask The Last Jedi’s Rian Johnson to step up once again. He not only knows how to play ball with studio execs, but he also clearly loves this franchise.