Colin Trevorrow Out as ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ Director

Colin Trevorrow is no longer directing Star Wars: Episode IX, Lucasfilm pronounced Tuesday. 

“Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have jointly selected to partial ways on Star Wars: Episode IX. Colin has been a smashing co-operator via a growth routine though we have all come to a finish that a visions for a plan differ. We wish Colin a best and will be pity some-more information about a film soon,” review a Lucasfilm statement. 

Rumors of Trevorrow’s departure have stubborn a plan given early June, weeks before a opening of The Book of Henry, his thriller that was panned by critics and unsuccessful during a box office.

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that book issues have continued to be a bruise mark throughout Episode IX’s development, with Trevorrow having steady stabs during mixed drafts. In August, Jack Thorne, a British clerk who wrote a arriving Julia Roberts-Jacob Tremblay movie Wonder, was tapped to work on a script. 

Sources contend that a operative attribute between Trevorrow and Lucasfilm conduct Kathleen Kennedy became unmanageable. Kennedy, who had already been by one executive firing/replacement on a Han Solo spinoff movie, was not fervent for a supplement and attempted to equivocate this decision.

In June, Phil Lord and Chris Miller were dismissed from a Han Solo stand-alone with usually a few weeks left in principal photography. The dual were after transposed by Ron Howard, who is finishing out prolongation in London.

Trevorrow’s depart now outlines a fourth time directors have been transposed on a Star Wars project. Tony Gilroy took over from Gareth Edwards for large reshoots on 2016’s Rogue One. And Josh Trank was taken off of a Star Wars anthology film after reports arose about a helmer’s unfortunate function on a set of Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot. Like Trank, Trevorrow’s exit occured before a film has started shooting. 

Trevorrow initial done waves with Sundance strike Safety Not Guaranteed. The indie sci-fi dramedy held a courtesy of Steven Spielberg and Universal, who put Trevorrow during a helm of a Jurassic Park reboot, Jurassic World. The film went on to sum a huge $1.6 billion during a tellurian box office. After that success, a executive was tapped to write and direct Episode IX, a ostensible finish to a Skywalker tale that would follow Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi (due out Dec. 15). 

Trevorrow has several projects in several stages of development, including a Jurassic World follow-up, that he co-wrote and executive produced. Prior to removing Episode IX, Trevorrow was trustworthy to approach Intelligent Life, a sci-fi thriller set adult during Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment that he wrote with essay partner Derek Connolly. (Rebecca Thomas has since taken over as director.)

Back in July, THR spoke to Trevorrow during a Ischia Global Film and Music Fest and asked about a then-recent Lord and Miller exit from a Han Solo film. “Movies are really personal, and art is really personal, and for people to try to spin that into something that is carnal or something that will get clicks is frustrating and unhappy for me since we know that [movies] meant a lot to everybody involved,” he said. “And everybody concerned in that film is ardent about it and worked on it really tough and continues to work on it really hard.”

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