Lucasfilm drops Star Wars director

Angelo Anderson
September 7, 2017

There was a disturbance in the Force this week as Colin Trevorrow was sacked as director of Star Wars: Episode IX. Who would you like to see directing the next Star Wars: Episode IX film?

Each of the prequel Star Wars movies took three years to make each, at a time when other film studios were working on a two year cycle for similar projects. The film now has a May, 2019 release date.

Trevorrow's departure as director of the upcoming movie has been rumored since June before his film "The Book of Henry" failed to deliver at the box office, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It's after another director change in this franchise, which saw Ron Howard take over the untitled Han Solo movie.

The future of Episode IX is still unclear, but we do know that Star Wars: The Last Jedi comes out December 15. Rogue One introduced fans to Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), the film's lead character, who led a group of Rebels to steal the plans for the Death Star.

Well, at least Lucasfilm is getting more efficient at chewing up and spitting out directorial talent.

So of course a director being fired from a "Star Wars" movie is going to be a really big deal.

That's not all. Josh Trank was hired to direct a Star Wars film, allegedly about the bounty hunter Boba Fett, but he left that project while it was in development and we haven't heard a peep about it since.

Lucasfilm will now seek a replacement for Trevorrow, who is best known for directing Jurassic World.

"We want to make sure that when we bring a female director in to do "Star Wars", they're set up for success". But the pattern is unmistakable: Lucasfilm hires a promising filmmaker, making it look like they're pushing the franchise in bold directions, and then that filmmaker leaves. The products are simply too important and the stakes too high for someone's vision to trump what the studios want to sell. He marks the fourth director to part ways with Lucasfilm on the an addition to the famed franchise.

The news was announced on the "Star Wars" website. Who better to tell the final chapter of Rey's journey from scanvenger to, presumably, Jedi than the director of "Wonder Woman?". Could he be Star Wars' only hope? It's just a shame that he's not more readily available, because we're still desperate for a Star Wars movie from the director of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, The Incredibles and The Iron Giant.

There's only one director the company has brought in that's produced both and script and a movie with zero issues: Rian Johnson, whose work on The Last Jedi has been so amazingly smooth, it's endangered of being overshadowed.

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