Third Star Wars director Colin Trevorrow out amid creative differences

In golf terms, this is like shooting par for 16 holes, then walking onto the tee at 17, lighting your clubs on fire, selecting a new caddy, driving to an entirely different golf club and beginning to play soccer.

Colin Trevorrow is no longer directing "Star Wars: Episode IX". He marks the fourth director to part ways with Lucasfilm on the an addition to the famed franchise.

Nothing has been officially confirmed just yet, but with Johnson having recently tweeted that, "I'd do another Star Wars movie in a heartbeat", we'd imagine it's only a matter of time.


It's a surprise development, especially for one of likely the biggest movies to come out over the next two years.

And even when the "Star Wars" powers-that-be aren't into what a director did, they bring in someone to get it right, as was the case with director Gareth Edwards on "Rogue One". However, director Rian Johnson reveals the answer has been right in front of us the entire time - or at least since December 2015. According to the article, the scene on the planet Cantonica takes place about midway through Star Wars: The Last Jedi and is said to be a key component to the story. At the time, Trank said that it was his choice to leave and that he had made a personal choice, but The Hollywood Reporter reported that he was sacked due to his "unusual conduct" during the making of Fantastic Four. In addition to Phil Lord and Chris Miller, in 2015, Josh Trank was sacked from a standalone film about Boba Fett.

Among the suggested replacements were British filmmaker Christopher Nolan (Inception, Dunkirk), Batman vs. Superman helmer Zack Snyder and enigmatic Twin Peaks director David Lynch, who turned down Return of the Jedi (1983).


Who knew there were so many creative differences in that galaxy far, far away?

On the other hand, it's possible Trevorrow is a one-hit wonder following the critical and commercial failure of "The Book of Henry", his follow-up to "Jurassic World".

In any event, under normal circumstances Episode IX would be shooting any old day now, so the question is who takes over now? If Spielberg signed on, it could theoretically push Indiana Jones 5 back far enough for everyone to realize what a hot mess that is. Nothing - not switching to Howard as the new director, not recasting characters, not even reshooting extensive chunks of the film - can stop it. Where you at, Lucas.



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