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Director Colin Trevorrow: Loss of Leaving ‘Episode IX’

written by Laura Mechem June 14, 2018
Director Colin Trevorrow at the premiere of 'The Force Awakens'

It seems that Star Wars can’t catch a break at the moment. Solo is being branded a box office flop whilst The Last Jedi actress Kelly Marie Tran is being vilely bullied on her Instagram account. Now, Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow has spoken candidly in an interview with Uproxx. He spoke in the interview about the “very personal loss” of leaving Star Wars: Episode IX.

When Did All This Happen?

The announcement came in September 2017 that Colin Trevorrow would no longer be directing Episode IX. Then the news emerged that he was to be replaced by Episode VII director J.J. Abrams. In a surprise move, everyone was left wondering what had gone wrong. The reports at the time speculated that Trevorrow and Lucasfilm had differing “visions” for the movie. Trevorrow didn’t comment then on the reasons for leaving the franchise. Abrams was ushered back in like the return of a prodigal child. Kathleen Kennedy even commented that “J.J. delivered everything we could have hoped for”, and he was the right choice to “close the trilogy”. So where did this leave Trevorrow?

J.J. Abrams, who took over for Colin Trevorrow

Things Didn’t Get Much Better for Colin Trevorrow

Well, he’s certainly had a tumultuous couple of years. Jurassic World was a big deal and a worthy member of a beloved franchise. It grossed $1.6 billion at the box office. Trevorrow’s next outing, the low budget film The Book of Henry, flopped and was largely panned by critics. Trevorrow also made some questionable comments about female directors on Twitter. However, the big question remained through it all. What really happened with Star Wars? It looks like Trevorrow is ready to start answering this question.

An Honest Answer to a Tough Question

When asked if the poor response to The Book of Henry impacted his departure from Star Wars: Episode IX, Trevorrow revealed:

You know, I don’t know. I mean, I can’t really speculate on it. I’ll tell you that the reaction to Book of Henry was far more damaging than the actual movie. And I don’t mean specifically at Lucasfilm. I mean, that was a very acidic situation. And, look, every director who has worked in Lucasfilm put their heart and soul into the job and they left it all on the field, and the bottom line here is that sometimes creative people can’t find a shared path through the woods.

Colin Trevorrow isn’t alone in being a director that can’t give Lucasfilm what they want. Let’s remember that Fantastic Four director Josh Trank was scheduled to direct a Star Wars standalone movie until he was unceremoniously dropped by Lucasfilm in 2015. Even closer to home was the firing of Solo director’s Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who left the film very close to the end of filming. This left veteran director Ron Howard to swoop in to take the helm, and with considerable re-shoots, attempt to save Lucasfilm’s vision of the film.

Trevorrow goes on to talk about how Star Wars is a very personal thing to him, and to all the directors that work and have worked on the franchise.

And when you’re one of those people, you’re dealing with your belief system, you’re not just dealing with a movie. And so, yeah, that is a very personal loss.

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