D23: Official: Colin Trevorrow Directing STAR WARS: EPISODE IX

Aug 16, 2015

On the weekend of San Diego Comic-Con, Heroic Hollywood got word that Colin Trevorrow would be directing Star Wars: Episode IX, and it would be announced that weekend. The weekend came and went with no announcement, but the rumors still clung around that Trevorrow would be bringing the new trilogy to a close.

Well, it’s a rumor no more. At this weekend’s D23 Expo, Lucasfilm took the stage, and announced that Trevorrow will in fact be taking on the director’s chair on Star Wars: Episode IX, as he brings the story set forward in this year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, to a close.

The official Star Wars website announced Trevorrow’s involvement on their official website as well:

Today at D23, Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn announced that writer-director Colin Trevorrow will direct Star Wars: Episode IX, which is set for release in 2019.

While production won’t begin for a few years, Trevorrow is heading to Lucasfilm this year to begin working with artists and his fellow Star Wars directors. “Colin is someone I’ve been interested in working with ever since I saw Safety Not Guaranteed,” says Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. “The power of that film paired with the enormous success of Jurassic World speaks volumes about his abilities both as a storyteller and skilled filmmaker. We are thrilled to have such an incredible talent as Colin join our family and step into the Star Wars universe.”

Trevorrow states “This is not a job or an assignment. It is a seat at a campfire, surrounded by an extraordinary group of storytellers, filmmakers, artists and craftspeople. We’ve been charged with telling new stories for a younger generation because they deserve what we all had—a mythology to call their own. We will do this by channeling something George Lucas instilled in all of us: boundless creativity, pure invention and hope.”

Star Wars: Episode IX will conclude the third trilogy of Star Wars movies that begins with Star Wars: The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015.

Trevorrow seems like a smart choice, and it’s hardly unexpected. Coming off the massive success of Jurassic World, he could pick any film he wanted. But with Spielberg playing a part in how Abrams ended up accepting the director’s chair on The Force Awakens, it would come as no surprise to me find out that Spielberg had a hand in this as well. Spielberg has a long standing relationship with Kathleen Kennedy, and after working with Trevorrow on Jurassic World, all he could do was throw love on the young filmmaker.

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It also shouldn’t be too surprising, as Trevorrow was also someone Brad Bird had mentioned could do all the pre-production work for him on The Force Awakens, when he was originally in the running to direct. That was, until Tomorrowland took away that chance. Clearly, Kennedy and Lucasfilm, as well as many of the filmmakers around him, see massive potential in what Trevorrow can deliver, and I have a lot of faith that they’ve made the right choice to bring the first in the new trilogy of the Star Wars universe to a close.

He may seem like a safe, or even dull choice, for those who didn’t like Jurassic World, but I think Trevorrow showed a lot of potential with big budget filmmaking. I thought he tapped on a lot of the nostalgia and excitement of what made Spielberg’s classic, Jurassic Park, work very well, while making it his own film. While it wasn’t always smart, it was fun, pure popcorn entertainment, and I hope that he’s able to bring that to Star Wars. With Rian Johnson writing the outline for the last film, I can only hope that Trevorrow gets a stronger script, because his direction is great, he just needs a stronger script, much like Safety Not Guaranteed had, to really wow us this time.

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Love or hate the choice, it’s one that Lucasfilm can feel confident in, and I’m very curious to see what Trevorrow can bring to Star Wars: Episode IX, and how he handles the characters in a galaxy far, far away.

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