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Colin Trevorrow departs Star Wars: Episode IX

Story by Jack Foley

COLIN Trevorrow has vacated the director’s chair for Star Wars: Episode IX.

In a statement released by Lucasfilm on Tuesday, it was confirmed that the Jurassic World filmmaker had decided to leave the project by mutual consent.

The statement read: “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.”

Trevorrow is the second high profile director to part company with Disney and Lucasfilm over the direction of a Star Wars film. In June, Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired from the Han Solo standalone with only a few weeks left in principal photography.

The two were later replaced by Ron Howard, who is finishing out production in London now.

As yet, there has been no announcement concerning who will replace Trevorrow. But rumours about his position on the project have been rife ever since his latest film, the indie thriller The Book of Henry, bombed at the box office off the back of a particularly savage critical pasting.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, script issues have been a problem for Episode IX, with Trevorrow struggling with rewrites to the point that Jack Thorne, the British scribe who wrote the upcoming Julia Roberts-Jacob Tremblay movie Wonder, was eventually brought in to work on the script in August.

Trevorrow is also rumoured to have fallen out with Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy.

It now remains to be seen how much the fallout from the Book of Henry flop and now his departure from Star Wars will affect Trevorrow’s career moving forward. But the director has several projects in various stages of development, including a Jurassic World follow, which he co-wrote and executive produced.

Prior to getting Episode IX, Trevorrow was also attached to direct Intelligent Life, a sci-fi thriller set up at Spielberg’s Amblin that he wrote with writing partner Derek Connolly. That could now be revived.

Spielberg remains a fan of Trevorrow’s, having been so impressed with his work on breakthrough indie movie Safety Not Guaranteed that he put Trevorrow at the helm of the Jurassic Park reboot, Jurassic World, which went on to gross a mammoth $1.6 billion at the global box office.

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