More rumors regarding the recent Colin Trevorrow/Lucasfilm split over Star Wars Episode IX have appeared following an initial report that the relationship between Trevorrow and Lucasfilm executives became unmanageable. This new report suggests that Trevorrow’s decision to part ways with Lucasfilm had to do with a clash of egos between the director and the studio.
Vulture has reported that an anonymous source familiar with both the productions of Jurassic World and The Book of Henry – both of which were directed by Trevorrow – has explained that Trevorrow was particularly headstrong as a director, and that was something that Lucasfilm would come to decide was an issue for the big finish for the Sequel Trilogy. The source said the following:
“During the making of Jurassic World, he focused a great deal of his creative energies on asserting his opinion. But because he had been personally hired by Spielberg, nobody could say, ‘You’re fired.’ Once that film went through the roof and he chose to do Henry, [Trevorrow] was unbearable. He had an egotistical point of view— and he was always asserting that. When the reviews for Book of Henry came out, there was immediately conjecture that Kathy was going to dump him because they weren’t thrilled with working with him anyway. He’s a difficult guy. He’s really, really, really confident. Let’s call it that.”
The commercial and critical failure of Trevorrow’s The Book of Henry wasn’t tipping point as some had speculated – it was apparently Trevorrow’s inability to be humbled by such an experience and his continued creative differences with how Star Wars Episode IX should proceed that led to the split. Lucasfilm has already had a messy split with directors Phil Lord & Christopher Miller in the midst of filming the untitled Han Solo spin-off, and it appears as though they want to avoid having a repeat of any such incident by moving forward:
“There’s one gatekeeper when it comes to Star Wars and it’s Kathleen Kennedy. If you rub Kathleen Kennedy the wrong way — in any way — you’re out. You’re done. A lot of these young, new directors want to come in and say, ‘I want to do this. I want to do that.’ A lot of these guys — Lord and Miller, Colin Trevorrow — got very rich, very fast and believed a lot of their own hype. And they don’t want to play by the rules. They want to do sh*t differently. And Kathleen Kennedy isn’t going to f*ck around with that.”
Star Wars Episode IX is not set to start filming until next year anyway, so it’s better that Lucasfilm take their time to find a new director for the project – it’s not uncommon for directors to leave before production of a film starts, after all.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will rise on December 15, 2017. The movie’s cast includes Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn (FN-2187), Adam Driver as Ben Solo (Kylo Ren), Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, Domhnall Gleeson as General Armitage Hux, Benicio Del Toro as “DJ”, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, and Jimmy Vee as R2-D2.
Star Wars Episode IX will bring the saga to an end on May 24, 2019. Its cast includes Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Daisy Ridley as Rey, Adam Driver as Ben Solo (Kylo Ren), John Boyega as Finn (FN-2187), Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, and Anthony Daniels as C-3PO.
8 Ways In Which ‘Star Wars’ Can Reach Its Full Potential
The Star Wars Universe is one of the greatest cinematic achievements of all time and the high quality of the recent films are not only proving how strong a franchise it is, but also continuing to gain legions of new fans every year. The series is fantastic and Disney’s films have brought it back in favor with both audiences and fans, but like any good franchise there are always ways in which a series can improve and as a huge fan I don’t think the series is at its full potential yet. There have been some minor issues and things that could be done differently that could make the series even greater than it already is and these can be addressed in future Star Wars films and in other mediums as well. With all of this being said it is appropriate to look at some of these issues and see how they can be addressed in a manner that could give everyone what they will want.