– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Did you know that there’s a petition going around to kick out Colin Trevorrow as director of “Star Wars Episode IX” and replace him with franchise granddaddy George Lucas? Yup, that’s absolutely a real thing. Now to an extent I can see where some of these fans are coming from. I wasn’t a fan of the prequel trilogy, but they did have their strengths: or example, you got to see a lot more of the world-building at play than you did in the more recent “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Now why do I bring up this petition, you ask? No matter the number of signatures, it’s highly unlikely that Disney would actually react to the fans who sign this petition, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s out in the open for all to see. As such, it was inevitable that someone over there would have seen it. At the BAFTA Awards Season Tea Party, Colin Trevorrow revealed that he’d seen the petition, and he told ET Online the following:

“It’s funny, I saw that, and it was on a day where I was at LucasFilm giving this big speech to everyone about how we want to channel the invention and just the raw creativity and the boldness that George brought to these films and not being afraid that we’re going to embarrass ourselves by doing something that might be crazy.

…When George Lucas made Star Wars, a lot of people thought it was crazy. When you try to pitch what that movie’s about — if you’ve never heard of Star Wars before, you say, ‘Here’s a character. His father’s part robot, but he can also do magic. And there’s a guy who can fly in a spaceship. He’s got a dog for a friend!’ — it sounds insane.

…But it’s the greatest story ever told. I just want to embrace that kind of invention and creativity that he brought to it.”

The comment does seem to lose track of the original question regarding the petition, but all in all, it seems like Trevorrow is embracing the old-school mentality of Lucas. While many fans seem to have huge gripes about “Jurassic World,” there is little denying that Trevorrow knows how to make an exciting blockbuster. He definitely seems to be coming from a good place, and all we can do is hope that’s enough to make a successful film.

What’s also worth pointing out is that while fans may feel like George Lucas was unfairly booted from the franchise, that’s not at all the case. That was a choice Lucas made himself. In a recent interview with Charlie Rose, Lucas expressed his feelings that he was uninterested in making movies for fans at this point, and that even with the prequel trilogy, he was more interested in making movies that he personally found interesting. As such, the legendary filmmaker and innovator has taken to making more personal films with his own money that hardly anyone else will see. 

Of course, there is absolutely nothing wrong with Lucas doing this, but I’m not entirely convinced that’s the man who should be directing “Episode IX.”

You can check out the full Charlie Rose interview below:

What do you think of Trevorrow’s comments? Also, do you think George Lucas would make a better director for “Star Wars Episode IX”? Let us know in the comments down below!


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.