“Star Wars: Episode IX” Director, Colin Trevorrow, Exits the Project

The next installment in the Star Wars series is already facing some problems.

Colin Trevorrow. Photo by Rob Latour/REX/Shutterstock (8558809bi)

Disney and Lucasfilm are having tons of problems with their directors. After Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired from the Han Solo movie earlier this month, it was now announced that Colin Trevorrow won’t direct Star Wars: Episode IX. This was confirmed on the Star Wars official website.

“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.”

The announcement came as a big surprise since Trevorrow was attached to the movie in 2015, and the Star Wars: Episode IX will begin shooting in January 2018 with the expected release in May 2019. Alongside Derek Connolly, Trevorrow also worked on the first draft of the movie’s script. After the script wasn’t warmly received by the studio, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child stage play writer Jack Thorne was brought in to do the rewrites.

Colin Trevorrow started his career as a director with a short movie Home Base, which he also wrote and produced. After directing documentary Reality Show, he achieved success with 2012 indie film Safety Not Guaranteed. Trevorrow was hired to direct the next installment of the Jurassic Park series titled Jurassic World. Released in 2015, Jurassic World became a huge success at the box office, earning more than $1.6 billion. It also received critical acclaims and credited for revitalizing the franchise. His next project was 2017 drama The Book of Henry, which received negative reviews from the critics and under-performed at the box office. It is believed that the bad reviews for this movie played a part in Trevorrow’s exit from the Star Wars: Episode IX.