Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

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^ lol...

Anyway, I never doubted Lucasfilm wanting Johnson to take over. I'm simply dubious of him wanting to immediately jump into this on a rushed schedule even if he is open to doing a Star Wars movie again.

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Colin Trevorrow Out as 'Star Wars: Episode IX' Director
It's the latest helmer shake-up on a Lucasfilm title.

Colin Trevorrow is no longer directing Star Wars: Episode IX, Lucasfilm said Tuesday.

"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," read a Lucasfilm statement.

Rumors of Trevorrow’s departure have dogged the project since early June, weeks before the opening of The Book of Henry, his thriller that was panned by critics and failed at the box office.

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that script issues have continued to be a sore spot throughout Episode IX’s development, with Trevorrow having repeated stabs at multiple drafts. In August, Jack Thorne, the British scribe who wrote the upcoming Julia Roberts-Jacob Tremblay movie Wonder, was tapped to work on the script.

Sources say that the working relationship between Trevorrow and Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy became unmanageable. Kennedy, who had already been through one director firing/replacement on the Han Solo spinoff movie, was not eager for a sequel and tried to avoid this decision.

In June, Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired from the Han Solo stand-alone with only a few weeks left in principal photography. The two were later replaced by Ron Howard, who is finishing out production in London.

Rumors are already circulating as to possible replacements for Trevorrow. Rian Johnson, who is in post for The Last Jedi (Episode VIII), has been mentioned as a possibility, returning to the franchise. J.J. Abrams, who successfully helmed Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has also emerged as a top contender.

Trevorrow's departure now marks the fourth time directors have been replaced on a Star Wars project. Tony Gilroy took over from Gareth Edwards for massive reshoots on 2016's Rogue One. And Josh Trank was taken off of a Star Wars anthology film after reports arose about the helmer's disturbing behavior on the set of Fox's Fantastic Four reboot. Like Trank, Trevorrow's exit occurred before the movie started shooting.

Trevorrow first made waves with Sundance hit Safety Not Guaranteed. The indie sci-fi dramedy caught the attention of Steven Spielberg and Universal, who put Trevorrow at the helm of the Jurassic Park reboot, Jurassic World. The movie went on to gross a mammoth $1.6 billion at the global box office. After that success, the director was tapped to write and direct Episode IX, the supposed end to the Skywalker saga that would follow Johnson's The Last Jedi (due out Dec. 15).

Trevorrow has several projects in various stages of development, including a Jurassic World follow-up, which he co-wrote and executive produced. Prior to getting Episode IX, Trevorrow was attached to direct Intelligent Life, a sci-fi thriller set up at Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment that he wrote with writing partner Derek Connolly. (Rebecca Thomas has since taken over as director.)

Back in July, THR spoke to Trevorrow at the Ischia Global Film and Music Fest and asked about the then-recent Lord and Miller exit from the Han Solo film. "Movies are very personal, and art is very personal, and for people to try to turn that into something that is salacious or something that will get clicks is frustrating and sad for me because I know that [movies] mean a lot to everyone involved," he said. "And everybody involved in that movie is passionate about it and worked on it very hard and continues to work on it very hard."

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Why did you post that again?

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I don't think it's been posted??

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Lol, are people really surprised that Disney would do this? They've been awful to directors in the past. The main reason any director (especially young indie/arthouse directors) would want to work for Disney is because of the money that the company can generate with their marketing, not because of the creative freedom they offer the directors (see MCU for evidence of this). The only reason a big company like Disney or Lucasfilm would hire a young director who has little experience in blockbuster filmmaking is because they mostly don't stand up to the committee that much.

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Seriously... First straight up slapping Edwards in the face, then fucking firing Lord & Miller so far into Han Solo's production and now Trevorrow? What in the actual fuck? That of Trank I can sort of understand, they weren't willing to take the risk given his behavior on Fant4stic but what they did to the others... I wasn't hating on Trevorrow getting Ep IX even though he wasn't the ideal choice but still.

I guess they'll beg Johnson to return? I don't know what the reason was but they did scrap his script for Ep IX no? Since he was going to write two scripts if not possibly also direct Ep IX...
I know that we haven't even seen TLJ yet to know if Johnson nailed it or not but tbh I'd actually much rather have him back than JJ or to bring in someone inexperienced to blockbuster filmmaking. JJ was a save (safe? lol) bet for TFA and we got a mostly ANH remake... I wouldn't want them to go save with Ep IX. Even though TLJ's marketing makes it seem like not much new compared to TFA I have a feeling it's going to be the contrary. Hell you don't really have to market Star Wars in the first place and since TFA was such a huge success, why not lift on using as many similar images as possible? It's not a bad idea.
But to me TLJ does need to consist of more new material than things we've seen in Star Wars before... Also it just needs to be a good fucking film.

Anyway, firstly: fuck this director firing bullshit, secondly: don't rush shit, if it needs to be pushed back do it.

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I'm fine with Kennedy firing all these directors and more, as long as she's bringing better ones and delivering with the final products and for my money she has until now.£

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