The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Colin Trevorrow has left the production for Star Wars: Episode IX. Filming had not yet started on the project, but Disney and Lucasfilm need to find another director fairly soon.
More about Star Wars: Episode IX
Colin Treverrow has decided to leave the as-yet untitled film Star Wars: Episode IX. The official statement on this professional separation is “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.”
This is the fourth time that Lucasfilm and Disney have felt the need to replace the director of one of their projects. Unlike the recent firing of Lord and Miller on the Han Solo anthology film, filming had not yet started on this film. It’s not clear who will be directing Star Wars: Episode IX, but there are some contenders for the role.
However, Star Wars: Episode IX may not be short a director for very long. According to IGN, Star Wars: The Last Jedi‘s director, Rian Johnson, is in serious contention for the director’s chair of Star Wars: Episode IX. Another reported contender for the role is JJ Abrams, indicating that Disney and Lucasfilm may want to return to one of the earlier directors in the franchise reboot in an effort to secure some directorial cohesion in their flagship franchise.
The next feature film in the Star Wars franchise, Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be released in theaters on 15 December 2017. Star Wars: Episode IX is currently scheduled to be released to a theater near you on 24 May 2019, assuming that Disney and Lucasfilm are able to get their human resources in order.
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