Yesterday we got some details on the decision to shake up its directors for Solo: A Star Wars Story – with Phil Lord and Chris Miller said to be keen on deviating from the Star Wars template and making “something new like Guardians of the Galaxy” – and now a new report has surfaced regarding another of Lucasfilm’s filmmaker firings: that of Colin Trevorrow and Star Wars: Episode IX.
In a report over at The Wall Street Journal, it is said that the Jurassic World helmer was sacked from Episode IX as Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy was unhappy both with the screenplay that Trevorrow penned with regular writing partner Derek Connolly, as well as the rewrites to that script from Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child).
Thorne reportedly asked for the opportunity to produce another draft, but Kennedy instead opted to part ways with Trevorrow and briefly considered bringing Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s Rian Johnson on board, before opting instead for Star Wars: The Force Awakens helmer J.J. Abrams. Johnson was subsequently announced as developing his own Star Wars trilogy separate from the main saga.
Previous reports had claimed that Trevorrow had proven to be “unbearable”, “egotistical” and “difficult” during development, while it was also rumoured that he disagreed with the direction of Star Wars: The Last Jedi and wanted both Luke Skywalker and Supreme Leader Snoke to survive through to Episode IX.
J.J. Abrams is currently gearing up to go into production on Episode IX this summer, having written his own script for the closing chapter of the Sequel Trilogy with Chris Terrio (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice). The film is set for release on December 20th 2019.