With Colin Trevorrow (‘Jurassic World’,’Safety Not Guaranteed’) being the second director to no longer be directing a ‘Star Wars’ film everyone has been curious as to why he is out of the director’s chair for ‘Star Wars: Episode IX‘ and now we know why! Some rumors have pointed to his work on the horribly received ‘The Book of Henry’ as being the reason why he was ousted from the film, but that has now been debunked.
It seems the root issue for Trevorrow’s departure was his attitude on how the finale for this ‘Star Wars’ trilogy should be handled. An unnamed executive involved with the film came forward to say:
“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.”
It was this point of view which ended up becoming the issue. His opinion on the film sounds to have been clashing with Lucasfilm’s president Kathleen Kennedy and as George Lucas’s protege and guiding hand behind the franchise, she is the one who you don’t want to disagree with. According to a veteran movie producer, who has worked with the studio chief:
“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 shit differently. And Kathleen Kennedy isn’t going to fuck around with that.”
So if this report ends up to be true, it was not playing ball with Kennedy’s vision that ended Trevorrow’s potential guiding hand for the closure of the current ‘Star Wars’ trilogy. While no one has gone on the record to say this is actually how it played out, the anonymous source is reported to be a solid one, so we’ll see if either the director or studio end up making an official comment down the line.
Are you sad to see Trevorrow depart from ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ or are you happy that someone else will be finishing off the current trilogy? Share your thoughts below!
Source: Slash Film