– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Hold onto your hats, folks, we got more trouble in a galaxy far, far away. THR is reporting that Colin Trevorrow, the man behind Jurassic World and the upcoming Star Wars: Episode 9, is no longer set to be the man behind Episode 9. That’s right, Trevorrow has officially dropped out as the director of Star Wars: Episode 9.

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Lucasfilm and Disney had the following to say about the departure:

“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.”

In short, it sounds like another issue of creative differences. This is especially unfortunate timing, as Lucasfilm also recently nixed two of their directors for next year’s Han Solo spinoff. It’s with that in mind that they likely decided to pull the trigger on this movie as well, not wanting to delay it after already seeing potential problems. That being said, it certainly doesn’t help their narrative, and this would mark the third film out of five that had to either change or override their directors. We do know that when Carrie Fisher died that the writers had to start over again, and that likely didn’t help things much.

There’s no real information as to why Trevorrow is gone, but there have been unsettling rumblings from fans for a while. They’ve often cited him as the epitome of a privileged filmmaker. He made one indie film before being catapulted to the big times with Jurassic World, a film that made a lot of money despite being disliked more and more by fans as time has gone on. When Trevorrow’s latest film, The Book of Henry, received a critical lashing earlier this year, many saw this as the last straw that he’d be bumped. While we can’t actually point to that as a direct reason behind his departure, the narrative certainly seems damning.

At the very least, we still have a solid year and a half or so until the film’s May 2019 release date, so there is plenty of time to salvage this, but it does come after a long line of problems over at Lucasfilm.

What do you think of Trevorrow getting booted? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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  • Sounds like LucasFilm may have a bit of a work culture issue… Better to part ways now though rather than well into production. Think Rian may want to finish the trilogy himself?

  • Perhaps the problem is with Kathleen Kennedy and her LucasFilm management staff. A pattern is emerging of re-shoots, creative differences, and firings/resignations that is pretty troubling. Hopefully The Last Jedi blows people away, but if not I wouldn’t be surprised if Disney shakes things up.

    • HaroldNMaudeDib

      Couldn’t agree more.

    • noahwayne0

      I’m glad more and more people are starting to voice this. I used to and fanboys would revolt.

      Frankly, I think their approach is very machine like and has no soul. The Force Awakens felt empty to me. It lacked creativity. It just catered to nostalgia and fan service. Some suckers ate it up, but I was bored.

      Its clear their primary, secondary, and tertiary goal is to make money and not take risks creatively. I’m no fan of the prequels but at least George Lucas was original.

      • Well said. I feel similarly about The Force Awakens and the current state of LucasFilm.

        • Victor Roa

          so are Lego Star Wars and Rebels the better examples of Lucasfilms?

      • The Red Salamander of Zardil

        I watched The Force Awakens again over the weekend and my opinion of it diminishes each time I watch it. It feels soulless – put together by committee, rather than being the product of a single creative – ahem – force.

        • Peter James

          So basically, a JJ Abrams joint……

          Ironically, that was the exact same thing that happened with Jurassic World.
          It was exciting when it was released (probably riding high on nostalgia more than anything else), but as time has worn on, it’s just aged really really badly.

          Which is probably why Trevorrow seem like a good fit to the Abrams-created Star Wars new trilogy.

    • Victor Roa

      problem with blaming Kennedy is, she’s been in business for over 30 years BEFORE Star Wars.
      I do think the standard are getting ridiculously high for a franchise that has always been one of the top 3 most money making movies of all time. Think of it like this….. remember how good star wars video games were BEFORE Force Unleashed, and then Force Unleashed was just so unbelievably expensive it couldn’t even live up to Episode 1 Pod Racer on N64.

      • Peter James

        Yes, she’s been in the business for over 30 years, but not in the role, or capacity she currently is in.

        She’s always had someone with more say-so working with her – be it Lucas or other producers.

        This is the first instance where basically every decision is hers and hers alone – to the degree that even her Disney boss (Iger) has been mostly hands-off and let her run LucasArts as she sees fit.

        • Really good point. A lot changes over 30 years. Kennedy has enjoyed tremendous success in her career, but what worked in the 80s doesn’t necessarily still apply today. Not everyone is suited to be the boss either.

          • Victor Roa

            I’m looking at her filmography and I’m impressed, I do think that today’s films are like “too big to fail.” And it’s interesting because there’s already a built in audience who could essentially just fund an entire film but it’s still not enough. It’s not to say she’s doing the worst job in the world, I still feel like the Star Wars Licensing has been doing well for the past 18 years compared to other franchises.

        • Victor Roa

          true true….. but remember how fast Tron franchise came and went for Disney. Kennedy isn’t doing the worst job in the world but Rouge One is a good example of panic mode.

    • Moby85

      Good points boys, I agree – something is definitely broken here.

    • Peter James

      I was just saying this exact same thing on a different site.

      She’s been the common thread now with Lord and Miller’s boot, the Rogue One re-shoot issues, and now this.

      To lose one director might be considered unfortunate. Maybe even two…

      To lose three in a row starts to look like incompetence (since she’s the one who hired all of them)

      I’d say she’s in the last chance saloon right now with the Disney money people.

      Ever day a Star Wars or anthology production kerfuffle happens, George Lucas looks more and more vindicated with the sore grapes he supposedly had on his way out with how they were handling his baby.

      You’re right about Last Jedi (and let’s be honest; that has built-in Box Office magic written all-over it regardless of it’s actual quality – just like, Jurassic World,….ironically).
      It better be a hit.
      I would argue the Han Solo movie as well better be nothing short of Box Office gold or at least it better not perform any worse than Rogue One, either critically, financially or with fan appreciation.

      To make matters worse (for her), I’m hearing this separation had less to do with creative differences and more to do with personality clashes with Kennedy not getting along at all or being able to work with Trevorrow.
      That’s a baaaaad sign.

  • 2 Left Thumbs

    This is great news! I was really excited about Trevorrow’s idea for Jurassic World, and his comment on the film leading up to it’s release are what made me go see it. But then the film was just completely flat. I pretty much hated it…

    I started to think this guy was good at giving movie pitches and concepts, but not at delivering a strong product as a director. I have been worried about Episode IX ever since he was attached to it.

    On the other hand, I am in love with Rian’s work, and have never doubted he can do great things with VIII for a second! I hope that he steps in and takes care of IX himself.

    • Derek NOLA

      i think its highly likely they use rian again

      • Peter James

        That’s only assuming Last Jedi is a HUUUUGE hit, and not just because of the Heath Ledger effect (re: Carrie Fisher)

  • Kindofabigdeal

    Calling it now, George Lucas to direct episode IX.

    • Nattown

      I believe this as well.

    • Duck O’Death

      Is there room for a George Lucas signal next to Obama’s?

      • Derek NOLA

        yeah they are both tired rehashes.. so should work well together

    • Victor Roa

      I agree

    • Peter James

      I don’t think he’d want to play in someone else’s (JJ Abrams and Kennedy) sandbox.

      Especially given the things he said about Force Awakens.
      (which, ironically have mostly been proven correct).

  • Duck O’Death

    This news is jubilation. I never enjoy putting a person down but it is no surprise to me at all that Disney wasn’t pleased with what the writing/directing team behind Jurassic World had turned in for Star Wars Episode 9. This was an “I told you so” in the making from the moment he was announced as director, and this is now a great opportunity to bring in someone far more seasoned and appropriate for this.

    • I have to agree, I wasn’t stoked on the idea. Who now though? That’s the question

      • Seth McDonald


      • Duck O’Death

        Since we need to fill a director’s slot as well as fix a script, first obvious choice would be Rian (assuming he’s done well with #8) as he’s already so heavily involved. Second choice? Matthew Vaughn.

      • Peter James


        He’s already worked in the Disney sandbox. (with Marvel, though).

        Just spitballin’…..
        I’d love to see what he’d do with Rey, though….

        Admittedly it would be tough pulling him away from DCEU and Batgirl, and given that he might be poised to be handed over the Justice League keys (especially if the movie is a hit and it’s attributed to the changes he brought on board.

  • CoolHandJuke

    I’ll direct it. Just give me 5 minutes alone with Daisy Ridley and no questions asked…

    • Moby85


    • Fallout Boy!

      We want fapfootage.
      Hit that until she squeals ‘OOTINI!’

  • the50sguystrikesback

    Thank GOD!!
    I say…just let Rian Johnson finish what he’s started

    • Victor Roa


    • M@rvel

      Hell yeah. If you can’t get him get JJ.

    • Peter James

      I’d say wait and see how Last Jedi is, before jumping that gun.

      Looper was a little bit too hit-or-miss to entrust the rest of the franchise to him.

  • Brafdorf

    sounds like these guys are just expected to tow the line and not be creative

    • Peter James


      That’s our schtick!!!”


  • Victor Roa

    ….. so basically this is why Lucas got rid of the franchise it’s this difficult to make one film and still sell toys.

  • Moby85

    I came here specifically tonight to comment on this. The term I’ve been using with my friends is “Carousel of the Damned” and it sure is seeming like that. There seems to be either poor directorial choices or Kathleen Kennedy is ruling the Galaxy with an iron fist. One thing is for sure, it looks BAD, and it looks like a franchise with serious issues behind the scenes.

  • Lenin1959

    Lucasfilm has a story group, but no idea where the story of the sequel trilogy will go? Neither do they know who Snoke is. Yes, it is true, Rian Johnson said so himself more than once. He got lots of space for his own creativity. But then Trevorrow comes in and his ideas don’t match the non-existent plans for the story of Episode IX of the story group? Then we see problems with directors getting fired or demoted/replaced during massive reshoots? What the hell is going on over there? I think Disney will now move in and either fire Kennedy or install somebody to take control over Kennedy and Star Wars. It is a multibillion franchise and a huge investement that Disney will never allow to fail.

  • Fallout Boy!

    Called it years ago.
    Trevorrow was a paper tiger from day 1.
    Studios with panties wet from Jurassic Shit would have sold their children for more narcissistic supply. Hideous human beings with horrible hidden agendas.
    Fuck this.
    Mel Gibson or Oliver Stone this bitch and let’s bring it home. Or Cuaron. That little cock saved Harry Potter from the clutches of Chris Columbus- induced corporate mediocrity, so he can probably pull off anything. There are a lot of great eps. If GOT, also, but look how Alan Taylor blew Thor 2. IF SW had a show Bible as tight as GOT, some TV schmuck could pull it off. But SW is run like the DNC – full of morally indignant liberals who put story behind message, behind design, behind costumes, FX, toys, EVERYTHING. They’re convinced the story writes itself so they fucking pay Kasdan for his name bc he lends cred. Some underpaid oaf types thus barf onto a page and gets a thrill up his leg that not even his mother’s blow-jobs could ever equal. Even Gary Kurtz with a fucking Crystal ball and a billion dollars couldn’t save this Disney SJW rant fest. Kathleen lost. million on the Hillbot and now we’re gonna hear about it to the the sounds of Johnny Williams.

  • Fallout Boy!

    Holy cow, my 2-line fap comment is the one that gets removed!? So weird…

  • Misutā Supākoru

    But, there have been no such rumblings from Rian Johnson’s camp. In fact, quite the opposite has been stated: he has been surprised at how much freedom he has had in the big choices throughout the creation of The Last Jedi.
    TFA haters are gonna hate. It wasn’t a perfect movie by any stretch of the imagination, but it felt like a Star Wars flick and did a great job of setting up life post ROTJ. Let’s see what RJ and crew do with it.
    And, I love how Lucas is being Lionized in this thread now. how fickle fanboys can be! Have you tried to rewatch the prequels of late? Watch those with TFA or Rogue One and they fall short.

  • Fallout Boy!

    No, no, our heroes fall into Snokes’ trap, get thrown in the dungeon, and a dirty white glove reaches between the bars of the cell to grab Rey’s arm…

    ‘You… You’ve got to help us…’ he squeaks.

    Rey stares into the other cells and sees a bizarre group of aliens of all sizes. Another dingy white glove grabs at the bars..and a strange, fat, round head with huge eyes and massive drooping ears shaped like perfect circles flop around above the twitching snout.

    ‘My names Rey’, she offers.

    ‘…Mickey…’ the creature croaks…

    Rey’s eyes glance at the back of Mickey’s cell, where a tall figure with a weird hat and huge buck teeth sits in the shadows, twiddling fat fingers, drooling, humming.

    ‘… And… Who’s your friend…?’ Rey asks.

    The filthy, disheveled rodent looks over his shoulder, then back to Rey, red-eyed and weary …

    ‘Him? Oh, don’t mind him… He’s just fucking goofy…

  • Sy Burr

    People. Relax. This is Kathleen Kennedy’s Star Wars universe. Whatever she wants, she gets. And he wants a safe rehashing of everything that has been previously done. Just pay your money, buy the figures and worship at the alter of KK. (Insert sarcasm here). #PorgRock

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.