It was only a few months ago that the Head of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, had to fire the directing duo for the (still) Untitled Han Solo film, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and replace them with Ron Howard. Today, she had to do it again with a director who was helming a much larger project, Star Wars: Episode IX.
In a statement, made by 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.
I suppose now you could pose the question, “What do Colin Trevorrow, Phil Lord, and Chris Miller have in common?” The answer is, of course, that, “None of them can follow Lucasfilm’s vision.”
Sources, telling THR, say the reason for the creative differences spur from the repeated attempts by Trevorrow to write the script. Despite bringing on Jack Thorne (Wonder) to pen it, sources say that the working relationship between Trevorrow and Kennedy became “unmanageable”. Kennedy tried to delay the inevitable, but ultimately realized it was time to let Trevorrow go.
So who is next? Does Lucasfilm have another Ron Howard waiting in the wings? I, personally, wouldn’t mind seeing Abrams helm it again. Although, that wouldn’t really live up to the pattern of Star Wars. Nevertheless, it’s clear that whomever they bring on, Lucasfilm needs to be crystal clear of what they’d like to see out of the 9th and final film of the latest trilogy.
Star Wars: Episode IX is scheduled to release May 24, 2019.
Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi premieres December 15, 2017.