‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ Loses Director Colin Trevorrow

More Star Wars changes announced.

Lucasfilm has announced that Colin Trevorrow will no longer be directing Star Wars: Episode IX. The Jurassic World helmer was named as director on the film back in August 2015.

“Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX,” reads Lucasfilm’s statement. “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.”

It’s yet another big creative change up on a Star Wars production and furthers the growing trend of “creative differences” between Lucasfilm and its filmmakers. Most recently, directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were fired from the Han Solo movie with only around three weeks left in the production. Ron Howard was brought in as the new director.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story also saw issues arise. Writer Tony Gilroy came on board to do rewrites and oversee extensive reshoots, and reportedly ended up leading the film’s post-production ahead of director Gareth Edwards.

There was also the split between Lucasfilm and director Josh Trank, who suffered quite the stumble with his Fantastic Four reboot. Rumours swirled that Lucasfilm had opted not to continue with Trank due to the FF debacle, but Trank later claimed it was his choice to instead “do something that’s below the radar”.

Regarding Star Wars: Episode IX, it appears that there is a filmmaker Lucasfilm is happy with keeping around. Deadline is reporting that Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson is high on the studio’s short list of helmers to replace Trevorrow.

Stay tuned.

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