It’s been a horrible few weeks for directors in the Star Wars universe. After ejecting the Han Solo spin-off directors, Disney and Lucasfilm have announced that Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow has been dropped from the project – citing differing “visions”.
Lucasfilm put an announcement confirming the move on its website; explaining that there will be more announcements in the near future;
“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.”
Rumors of potential replacements have already been making the rounds on social media, with the frontrunner seemingly set to be Rian Jonson. The director helmed Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Which is set to land in cinemas worldwide this December), and would be the ideal candidate to carry the project. Other reports have pointed to JJ Abrams stepping back into the fold, although sources close to that director have already shot down that theory.
It’s been a very turbulent time for Star Wars – as the Star Wars Han Solo spin-off ejected Phil Lord and Chris Miller from the director’s chair. Ron Howard was announced two days later as the replacement.
It’s a strange move for Disney, who are currently in the process of working on pre-production for Star Wars Episode IX. As recently as three weeks ago, Colin Trevorrow was touting his role in the final act of this trilogy – explaining that he was looking forward to stepping behind the camera.
Differing visions usually indicates that the director hasn’t been handed as much control as they anticipated – with Disney and Lucasfilm probably holding a firm grip on the direction and execution of the anticipated movie.
Certainly, we’ll be following this story as it develops.