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.
Trevorrow, whose blockbuster cred was set with the huge success of the Jurassic Park franchise reboot Jurassic World, was confirmed as director of the ninth film in the main Star Wars franchise back in August 2015. At the time, he said: “This is not a job or an assignment. It is a seat at a campfire, surrounded by an extraordinary group of storytellers, filmmakers, artists and craftspeople. We’ve been charged with telling new stories for a younger generation because they deserve what we all had—a mythology to call their own. We will do this by channeling something George Lucas instilled in all of us: boundless creativity, pure invention and hope.”
The film currently has a May 24, 2019, release date. The eighth movie in the series, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, hits theaters December 15.
Trevorrow is an executive producer on the sequel Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which he co-wrote with Derek Connolly. Juan Antonio Bayona has taken over directing from Trevorrow on that Universal pic; the first one grossed $1.67 billion worldwide to become the fourth-biggest movie of all time. He since has directed the Focus Features drama The Book of Henry, which failed to spark at the box office this summer.
If today’s surprising announcement seems familiar to Star Wars fans, it should. In June, Lucasfilm sent out a similar quick-hit release saying its Han Solo stand-alone movie was parting ways with directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller well into production. Ron Howard later was tapped to take over, and the plan is to keep that film on track for its May 25 release date.
That came after Tony Gilroy came aboard the first franchise stand-alone, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Brought in on a weekly salary to do rewrites, he reportedly directed the extensive reshoots credited with helping a troubled picture overcome rough storytelling patches and end up a crowd-pleaser that grossed more than $1 billion. Original helmer Gareth Edwards is the credited director, but Gilroy reportedly was rewarded with a $5 million payday.
Lucasfilm and director Josh Trank parted ways in May 2015 after the Chronicle and Fantastic Four reboot helmer spent a year in development on another Star Wars stand-alone film.