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It's Official - Colin Trevorrow Will Be Directing 'Star Wars: Episode IX'

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August 15, 2015
Source: StarWars.com

Colin Trevorrow - Star Wars

It's official - Lucasfilm and Disney have confirmed that Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow will next be directing Star Wars: Episode IX. While it has been rumored thanks to a scoop by Heroic Hollywood for a few weeks, it's now official, as the news landed on StarWars.com after first being announced at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California. "While production won't begin for a few years, Trevorrow is heading to Lucasfilm this year to begin working with artists and his fellow Star Wars directors." After Jurassic World setting box office records, he can do pretty much whatever he wants. Interesting to see him make this leap.

Here's a few of the important quotes from the press release announcing Colin Trevorrow's attachment:

"Colin is someone I’ve been interested in working with ever since I saw Safety Not Guaranteed," says Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. "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."

Colin Trevorrow adds: "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."

This confirms the set of directors for the new trilogy of Star Wars movies - J.J. Abrams bringing us The Force Awakens this year. Then it's Rian Johnson helping write the screenplays for Episodes VIII and IX. Johnson will then direct Episode VIII, then he'll hand over the reigns to Colin Trevorrow to direct Episode IX. In the meantime, we have Gareth Edwards' Rogue One: A Star Wars Story somewhere in between those. As for the next anthology solo movie, that has yet to be determined with Trank's project falling apart and the Han Solo one being pushed to 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX will conclude the third trilogy of Star Wars movies that begins with Star Wars: The Force Awakens on December 18th this year. Sounds like a plan.

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  • ListenToVinyl
    After seeing Jurrasic World I'm not too confident in this decision. This seems to be Disney's first poor choice in terms of people working on the new films so far. I sincerely hope that he can prove me wrong.
  • Firefly15
    Uninspired choice, his directing in Jurassic World was bland and nothing special.
  • Mr Chatterbox
    Jurassic World was awful... but it made a ton of cash for some unknown reason... so he's an obvious but flawed choice imo.
  • Since when does a movie that made a ton of $= great movie? JW was awful. come on. Can anyone really tell me as a movie lover that there was anything to like about it? The high heels? Or the fact that 1993 cg still looked better IMO. Not liking this choice one bit. Too many other talented directors out there with a better resume. So why him? Really because JW made money? meh
  • RT3413
    What? Was Michael Bay busy? God... this is a horrific choice.
  • DAVIDPD
    Bleh...actually I should have more hope for his SW film. I really thought JURASSIC WORLD was quite average. Most people just got wrapped in spectacle. I would rather see Duncan Jones or any of the Gen-X sci-fi directors.
    • Duncan would have been a great director IMO. I still have high hopes for Ryan J cause I thought Looper was great.
  • Ryan
    may god help us all
  • Payne by name
    Like it or not, his film beat out AoU at the box office, which I would never have expected. Maybe therefore fan favourite directors (as Whedon clearly was) don't always guarantee a great film.
    • Jon Odishaw
      Well dont compare two of the five highest grossing films of all times.
    • FreeJared
      yeah because box office revenue is a clear indication of quality. (Michael Bay is laughing at you)
  • ari smulders
    jurrasic world was not exciting, but the story was told in a right way. A movie that makes that kind of money has a big appeal for a normal crowd. We are movie nerds ,so our opinion doesn't count for the movie studios . And I liked safety guaranteed very much, so this is a good choice for me... One thing is sure, he won't screw it up,but maybe a little bit boring....
  • capitandelespacio
    This guy must be cheap to hire. They spared no expense!
    • Mitch Boyce
      I don't think you understand what sparing no expense means.
      • capitandelespacio
        This guy *might not* be cheap to hire. Sorry, my bad.
  • TheOct8pus
    Relax people! In Star Wars it's not so much the director that counts, as it is the script. If the script is good, we have nothing to worry about.
  • Jim Dawkins
    Good Lord Disney is going to milk this to death.
  • Neuromancer
    I enjoyed Safety Not Guaranteed quite a bit, not so much Jurassic World. I don't know if there's a director that could've made Jurassic World bomb at the box office (except maybe due to negative name recognition, like an M. Night or so), but I suppose it shows he can handle a big budget and listen to the higher ups. Anyway, it's Star Wars so I'll always atleast look forward to see what'll happen.
  • Xerxexx
    Is Rian Johnson still directing a sw film??
  • ion677
    I loved JW flaws and all. This is a smart decision for Disney, obviously. They want to make money.
  • MLTC
    I was hoping for Steven Spielberg!

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