Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Colin Trevorrow Talks Briefly About His 'Episode IX' Departure

By: Dominic Jones

With Solo: A Star Wars Story now in theaters we're about to enter an 18-month stretch with no new Star Wars movies, with Star Wars Episode IX not coming until December 2019.  The extended break wasn't in the original plan (though given Solo's somewhat lackluster performance at the box office it may have been inevitable), as Episode IX was supposed to be released in May 2019.  The release date was changed after director Colin Trevorrow left the project and The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams was brought in to replace him.

Trevorrow had been announced as the director of Episode IX back in August 2015 and had been working on the script, first with Derek Connolly, then with Jack Thorne, since then.  His departure was announced in September 2017 and since then he has been silent on the matter.  He finally addressed it briefly during an interview with Empire Magazine, saying,

"I don't want to talk too much about it because I don't want to affect the way that fans get to see these films. (...) I got the opportunity to tell a story that is a celebration of everything I believe in, I got to tell it to George Lucas and I got to tell it to Luke Skywalker, and those are experiences I will cherish for the rest of my life"

Obviously, it isn't likely that Trevorrow will ever go into the details about what specifically happened between him and Lucasfilm that led to his departure.  Reports at the time indicated that Trevorrow and Lucasfilm clashed over script decisions, which ultimately resulted in them parting ways.  Abrams was brought in shortly thereafter and began rewriting the script with Chris Terrio and the release date was moved to December 20th, 2019.

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