What is it with the Star Wars franchise and not being able to keep hold of directors? After troubles with their Han Solo spin-off film, it has now also been announced that Colin Trevorrow has dropped out of making Star Wars IX after having 'differing visions' with the studio LucasFilm.
This news comes less than three months after the Han Solo project lost its two original directors and replaced them with Ron Howard. Slated for a May 2018 release, the film has long been garnering much attention as it revisits the legendary character of Han Solo (made famous by Harrison Ford) and shows us how he became the smuggler with a cocksure swagger about him. But things started to take a turn for the worst when it was announced on the 21st of June 2017 that then-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were to leave the project mid-production.
Episode IX is expected to star Daisy Ridley and John Boyega and is due out in May 2019 but this may now be affected by Trevorrow's departure as LucasFilm released a statement on Tuesday.
"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."
Lucasfilm has a reputation for ruthlessness when it comes to hiring and firing directors. In 2015, Fantastic Four's Josh Trank was dropped from directing a standalone Star Wars story and other director's who have had their names floated to take on Star Wars projects have vehemently denied them claiming working with LucasFilm would not suit them and this includes Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi who tweeted out, when his name got mentioned, "Lolz. I like to complete my films." followed by "I'd be fired within a week."
Star Wars is the biggest film franchise on Earth with The Force Awakens being the most successful film of all time and LucasFilm, which is owned by Disney, is very precious over their property and tend to have very strict control over the content and direction of their films and so anything that is out of the ordinary for them tends to get canned. As such, some feel this can stifle creativity or new ideas within the franchise whilst others point to the disastrous Star Wars prequels of the noughties as evidence that this may good practice, either way, they seem to be going through the industries top directors like nobody's business.
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