Has George Lucas placed a curse on the position of Star Wars director? The evidence is piling up as another director leaves a Star Wars property. The Wrap has announced that Colin Trevorrow, brought onto the franchise following the relative success of his Jurassic World, has stepped down from his role as director of Star Wars: Episode IX. A joint statement from Lucasfilm and Disney cites creative differences as the reason for his departure.
Trevorrow is the second director to leave a Star Wars film in three months, and the third in three years. Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street) dropped out of the upcoming Han Solo film for reasons similar to Trevorrow’s. In 2015, Josh Trank (Chronicle, Fan4stic) was fired from an unnamed Star Wars Story film. Some fear that the issues plaguing the MCU, another Disney controlled property, regarding artistic freedom may be rearing their head within the Star Wars franchise.
This is not the first spanner in the works for the as-yet unnamed conclusion to the Star Wars sequel trilogy. The death of Carrie Fisher last December forced the movie, which was to feature her character, General Leia Organa, heavily, to be heavily rewritten.
Trevorrow is currently working as the writer and executive producer on Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. There is no word yet on who could replace him, though with J.J. Abrams still acting as a producer and Rian Johnson poised for success with The Last Jedi, Lucasfilm may not have to look far.
Star Wars: Episode IX is set to enter pre-production in January of 2018, with a tentative release date of May 24, 2019.