Lucasfilm and Disney have today (Sept. 5th) announced that Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow will no longer be directing their central Star Wars franchise’s conclusive episode, Episode IX.
A joint statement was released:
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.
There had been rumours regarding an imminent departure for Trevorrow since June, when the director’s latest outing – The Book of Henry (2017) – bombed both critically and at the box office, and it seemed as if the writing was on the wall when Lucasfilm hired Wonder screenwriter Jack Thorne to work on the screenplay back in early August.
With Trevorrow and Lucasfilm parting ways, it is not yet known whether the script work done by the director and his writing partner Derek Connelly will be used in any way for the finished film, nor are there any rumours regarding a possible replacement.
The movie is set to begin filming in January 2018, immediately after the press tour for the Episode VIII – The Last Jedi concludes, so Lucasfilm will be looking to act fast on hiring a replacement.
We’ll have more news as it comes.