Wed. Nov 30th, 2022
Lucasfilm Fires Star Wars Episode IX Director

Lucasfilm has fired Colin Trevorrow as director of Star Wars: Episode IX. The last, as yet unnamed part of the nine-part Star Wars saga is slated for a 2019 release.

“Colin has been a great collaborator throughout the development process, but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ,” said a statement on the Star Wars website.

Lucasfilm has not yet announced a replacement for Trevorrow.

Trevorrow is best known as the director of the 2015 film Jurassic World. It was the fourth film in the Jurassic Park franchise and one of the most successful films of all time, grossing $1.6 billion worldwide. Trevorrow was chosen for the Star Wars occur shortly after the opening of Jurassic World.

But Trevorrow’s reputation suffered this year after his last film, Henry’s bookwas panned by critics and flopped at the box office. Star Wars fans—and apparently Lucasfilm’s executives too—started to think twice about whether this was the man they wanted to oversee in the final installment of the nine-part epic that George Lucas began decades ago.

Tervorrow’s departure is just the latest sign of chaos in the… Star Wars production universe. In June, Lucasfilm fired the directors of the standalone Han Solo film and replaced them with legendary director Ron Howard. That firing was a lot more disruptive than the firing of Trevorrow, as the Han Solo movie is slated for a May 2018 release and filming was already in full swing.

On the other hand, filming on Episode IX wasn’t due to launch until early 2018, giving Lucasfilm some time to hire a new director.

The stakes are high for Lucasfilm and its parent company Disney, which paid $4 billion for the rights to the… Star Wars franchise five years ago. While Episode IX should be the last episode overall Star Wars Disney no doubt hopes that a strong ending to the series will support spin-offs and merchandising opportunities in the coming years.

By akfire1

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