‘Jurassic World’ devoured the summer competition, becoming the third highest-grossing movie of all time, so it’s no wonder that its director, Colin Trevorrow, is at the top of every studio’s want list. But the one with the deepest pockets and sweetest fruit to dangle has landed him. Disney has signed Trevorrow to take on ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ the final in its new trilogy, which makes it the final film in the classic movie series. (The studio will most likely continue making movies set in this universe, just disconnected from the main story, like their new ‘Anthology’ films.) Though there were rumblings of this collaboration, it was made official at the annual D23 conference, the annual presentation that Disney holds to announce upcoming projects. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy proudly declared:
“Colin is someone I’ve been interested in working with ever since I saw ‘Safety Not Guaranteed’, 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.”
This winter sees the release of ‘Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens’ helmed by former-‘Star Trek’ guru J.J. Abrams, but he has already announced that this would be his only contribution to the legacy. Rian Johnson, who directed the time travel thriller ‘Looper’ as well as episodes of ‘Breaking Bad’ will take over for ‘Episode VIII’, and now Trevorrow has ‘Episode IX’.
Regarding the new gig, Trevorrow expressed:
“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.”
What do you think of Trevorrow taking on the final ‘Star Wars’? Did you enjoy ‘Jurassic World’? How do you think he will do with this franchise?
‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ is due in theaters in 2019.
Source: Cinema Blend