Back when Disney purchased Lucasfilm in 2012, and announced there was a new trilogy in the works, I just assumed, albeit incorrectly, that the same director would head up each of the installments. As we know now Disney decided to give each episode a different director. Thus far, the directors have been very helpful to each other. Similar to how Star Wars: The Last Jedi director, Rian Johnson asked J.J. Abrams for a favor (asking that R2-D2 accompany Rey to meet Luke, rather than BB-8), Episode 9 director Colin Trevorrow asked Johnson to help him out with one thing in particular. Trevorrow was recently interviewed on MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast and explained, the best he could without being too spoilery, what that one shot this was:
“There was one little thing. It wasn’t an adjustment, it was just ‘Could you shoot this one extra thing while you’re in this place on this day?’ And he did, which was great. But, y’know, it’s part of the collaborative process that exists -- everyone is in communication. There’s such a genuine want to get this right from everybody, and I think that one of the misconceptions is that there’s some kind of great corporate overlord that is dictating this story to everybody, and that’s what it’s going to be because that’s going to sell the most toys.”
For fans, it’s reassuring to see this willingness between the directors to help, and collaborate with one another. Not only do the directors want to make strong individual films and leave their mark on the Star Wars universe, they also want to make a more cohesive set of films and do their best to make Disney's first (and hopefully not last) Star Wars trilogy great.
“The reality of it is that it’s a small group of people, but it’s actually, y’know, kind of large when you think about it -- and none of them are corporate, all of them are creatives and all of them are genuinely, very sincerely, wanting to do the work of their lives in order to realize this."
The corporate juggernaut known as Disney appears to be stepping back just enough to let the creative ideas of the directors play out, and for us fans, we couldn't ask them for much more.
Does the directorial collaboration reassure you as to the overall quality of the trilogy? Let us know in the comments down below!