Star Wars director has been changed again by Lucasfilm this year. They recently fired Colin Trevorrow as director of the Star Wars: Episode 9. It’s the un named installment slated to be released somewhere in 2019.
“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,” says a statement on the Star Wars website. Lucasfilm hasn’t announced a replacement for Trevorrow.
Colin Trevorrow is known as the director of Jurassic World (2015). This was the fourth movie in Jurrasic Park franchise and one of the most successful projects as well. The movie grossed over $1.6 billion worldwide. Trevorrow was chosen for the Star Wars gig shortly after the opening of Jurassic World.
His reputation got damaged after the fiasco of his recent project The Book of Henry, that was criticized a lot and flopped at the box office. This changed the expectations of executives at Lucasfilm and they became ambiguous, if Trevorrow is the right person, for the final installment, of the epic nine-part Franchise George Lucas started decades ago.
In June Lucasfilm also fired the director of the standalone Han Solo film and replaced them with Ron Howard, the legandary director, famous for his movies like ” A beautiful mind (2001)” and ” Rush (2013)”. That firing was a lot more disruptive than firing Trevorrow, because the Han Solo film is scheduled for a May 2018 release, and filming has been done half way.
Where as they’ve fired Trevorrow already and the film will start shooting in 2018. This gives them enough time to hire a more suitable director, as per their needs.
Disney expects to make a lot of financial revenues from the final installment in the Star Wars saga. Hoping that a strong conclusion to the series will support spinoffs and merchandising opportunities for years to come.