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Postby mr.negativity » Fri Jul 10, 2015 3:01 am

EXCLUSIVE: Colin Trevorrow To Direct 'Star Wars: Episode 9'
Hot off his massive success on Jurassic World , super hot director Colin Trevorrow has bagged his next gig.


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Re: Star Wars: Episode IX

Postby The Shadow » Fri Jul 10, 2015 3:08 am

Only if Chris Pratt gets to play a character leading an elite Ewok speeder bike squad. Yub, Yub, Commander.
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Re: Star Wars: Episode IX

Postby mr.negativity » Fri Jul 10, 2015 3:35 am

The Shadow wrote:Only if Chris Pratt gets to play a character leading an elite Ewok speeder bike squad. Yub, Yub, Commander.

His name is getting tossed around for that Young Han Solo movie.
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Re: Star Wars: Episode IX

Postby lhb412 » Fri Jul 10, 2015 9:26 pm

This is disappointing. Trevorrow's direction in Jurassic World was utterly lacking in anything but the bare minimum of what was needed.
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Re: Star Wars: Episode IX

Postby mr.negativity » Fri Jul 10, 2015 11:09 pm

lhb412 wrote:This is disappointing. Trevorrow's direction in Jurassic World was utterly lacking in anything but the bare minimum of what was needed.

But the movie made a lot of $$$! That's all that matters in Hollywood.
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^You can tell Hollywood I say balderdash! Poppycock and balderdash!
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Re: Star Wars: Episode IX

Postby jellydonut25 » Sat Jul 11, 2015 12:19 am

Yeah...I mean, I like Jurassic World, but I don't think Trevorrow did anything special...though maybe he'll wind up just being Abrams' puppet and really just be the guy pointing the camera while others do most of the work.

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Re: Star Wars: Episode IX

Postby The Shadow » Sat Jul 11, 2015 1:47 am

If that were the case, surely Trevorrow's business cards would read "Have Camera Will Travel" ?
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Re: Star Wars: Episode IX

Postby mr.negativity » Fri Jul 08, 2016 3:53 am

Empire Magazine:
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Kinberg! – has hinted that Rebels could have an impact on future movies.
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Re: Star Wars: Episode IX

Postby mr.negativity » Wed Apr 26, 2017 1:06 am

Henry88 wrote:STAR WARS: EPISODE IX GETS RELEASE DATE

http://www.yodasnews.com/star-wars-epis ... ease-date/
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Re: Star Wars: Episode IX: May 23, 2019

Postby mr.negativity » Sat Jun 24, 2017 1:29 am

The Upwards Failing of Colin Trevorrow (and Why It Matters)

WHAT THE LORD AND MILLER FIRING MEANS TO THE OVERALL WORLD OF LUCASFILM
Neil Turitz wrote:When the news broke the other day that Lucasfilm had fired the directing team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller off its Han Solo spinoff flick, a few things came to mind. First and foremost, there was the shock of a major project like this making such an enormous move, especially, ahem, five months into shooting.

After that, I took a moment to see what people were saying, and it came out that Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy wasn’t happy with the style and tone of the film that Lord and Miller were making, which led me to the second reaction, which was, “Well, jeez, who did she think she was hiring?” I mean, these are the guys behind Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street and its sequel, 22 Jump Street, and The LEGO Movie.

In other words, while the pair is immensely talented, these guys are not exactly Merchant and Ivory.

But after pondering that for a short spell, something else popped into my head, as I considered the history of Lucasfilm projects and one or two external incidents that directly relate to this particular cinematic universe. It was a dark thought, a sinister one, that I turned around a bit before I finally allowed myself to verbalize it, at which point I realized that, in even asking the question, I already had my answer.

Does Lucasfilm have itself a Director Problem?

After having given Warner Bros. so much guff for its issues with directors on the DC Comics movies, it would be unfair not to come to a similar conclusion here, simply because this is what the evidence suggests.

Most of the people reading this will be aware of the stürm und drang that surrounded last year’s Lucasfilm production of Rogue One, which essentially replaced director Gareth Edwards with Old Pro Tony Gilroy, as the experienced Gilroy came in with massive rewrites and directed large reshoots which, apparently (depending on who is talking) reshaped a good portion of the movie. That, in and of itself, should have been something of a red flag, but now this happens, and the central issue is inescapable.

And we haven’t even gotten into the catastrophe that is The Book of Henry, which is basically one of the worst reviewed films of the year, is going to be a major flop, and is a pretty large setback to its director, Colin Trevorrow. This is only important, mind you, because he is the man charged with writing and directing Episode IX of the Star Wars saga, due in theaters Memorial Day Weekend, 2019.

Apparently, the big difference between Lord and Miller and Edwards is that, when confronted with the idea of bringing in outside help to reshape things and oversee reshoots, Edwards said, “Sure, okay,” while Lord and Miller were not as eager to play along. This did not sit well with Kennedy, who has a very tight hold on all things Star Wars-related, and so she pulled the trigger on them, to the great and utter shock of Lord and Miller, who figured, naturally, that things would work themselves out.

There are a bunch of interesting factors here, not least of which is Kennedy’s desire to bring in hot, young, up-and-coming filmmakers, then refusing to allow them to do the things that drew her attention in the first place. For instance, with Lord and Miller, their style is much more loose and improvisational than what Kennedy is used to, as well as writer — and long time stalwart of the Lucasfilm Universe — Lawrence Kasdan, whose attitude is “You shoot the words that are on the page and don’t make them up as you go.” It seems he was at odds with Lord and Miller right from the start, so when they rejected out of hand the notion of dealing with someone else to come in and “help” them, it was time to let them go.

No matter, by the way, that some folks in the know were admirers of what the pair was doing, even while those same folks admitted it wasn’t a conventional Star Wars film, which was Kennedy’s whole point. Of course, others have said they were overmatched, out of their depth, and should never have been hired in the first place, so I think the only thing on which we can agree here is that no one is agreeing on anything.

Either way, the two just weren’t a good fit, whereas Rian Johnson, currently in post-production on December’s The Last Jedi, understands the Universe perfectly and, word has it, has Kennedy and her team very happy with his cut of the film. Which means that, if you liked The Force Awakens and Rogue One, you’re going to love Jedi.

Trevorrow is another issue, in that, while the Book of Henry fiasco might make him more pliable for Kennedy, the legitimate question has to be asked about whether or not he is up to the task. While I quite like his first film, Safety Not Guaranteed, I can’t say the same about his second, Jurassic World, which might have made a ton of money (and got a lot of good reviews I never quite understood), but just isn’t a good movie. Don’t get me wrong, I’m rooting for him, but this has to be of some concern to those in charge.

There’s also an important fact here that can’t be ignored: none of this is new. Lucasfilm has always had a director problem. George Lucas directed four of the first six, and while the first one is great, it’s also, in hindsight, badly flawed, and the three prequels are awful. When he brought in his film school professor, and old pro helmer, Irvin Kershner to direct The Empire Strikes Back, he let Kershner run the show without any real supervision, then was furious when the film didn’t really turn out the way he envisioned, even though it is by far the best film of the series.

It’s for that reason, in fact, that journeyman Richard Marquand was hired to helm Return of the Jedi, so that Lucas could control every aspect of the production and thus not have to deal with his personal vision being corrupted, as it had been with Kershner. There are tons of stories out there of how ineffectual Marquand was on set, as if he was nothing more than a proxy for the boss. Which, essentially, he was.

Which is sort of where we are now. It has become exceedingly clear that anyone signing up for one of these gigs in the future will have to be well aware what they’re in for, and then make the decision about whether or not being a sort of puppet for his or her Lucasfilm Overlords is how they want to spend a couple years of their career. Yes, it’s an insane opportunity to make a Star Wars film, but there are going to be a fair number of auteurs who will pass on the offer, simply because, while they might want to play with someone else’s toys, they won’t want to be instructed by said toy owner exactly how they’re allowed to play with them.

Yesterday, Ron Howard stepped into the director’s chair, a seasoned pro whose best films are in the rearview mirror, but who will almost certainly come in and do a professional job of fulfilling Kennedy’s vision, in a way that first Edwards, and then Lord and Miller, weren’t.

Because let’s face it — at this point, what has become obvious is that the vision to be fulfilled, from here on out, is Kennedy’s, and woe be to any director who thinks differently.
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Re: Star Wars: Episode IX: May 23, 2019

Postby Dai » Sat Jun 24, 2017 12:07 pm

Neil Turitz wrote:There are a bunch of interesting factors here, not least of which is Kennedy’s desire to bring in hot, young, up-and-coming filmmakers, then refusing to allow them to do the things that drew her attention in the first place.


Sounds familiar. If you want to understand the paradoxical madness of Hollywood, you only need to watch one film: Barton Fink. Producers are attracted to writers and directors with unique voices and distinctive visual styles, but then expect those people to snap to attention and cut-and-paste their artistic idiosyncracies into studio templates that test well and tick the necessary marketing boxes. And woe betide them if they step out of line, because the producer has a dozen other people lined up who can give their movies "that Barton Fink feeling". This is what makes Legendary such a rarity (or did in the Thomas Tull era), since they actually trust the people they hire.
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Re: Star Wars: Episode IX: May 23, 2019

Postby mr.negativity » Tue Sep 05, 2017 8:47 pm

THR SEPTEMBER 05, 2017:
Colin Trevorrow Out as 'Star Wars: Episode IX' Director
Borys Kit & Mia Galuppo wrote:Colin Trevorrow is no longer directing Star Wars: Episode IX, Lucasfilm said 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," read a Lucasfilm statement.

Rumors of Trevorrow’s departure have dogged the project since early June, weeks before the opening of The Book of Henry, his thriller that was panned by critics and failed at the box office.

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that script issues have continued to be a sore spot throughout Episode IX’s development, with Trevorrow having repeated stabs at multiple drafts. In August, Jack Thorne, the British scribe who wrote the upcoming Julia Roberts-Jacob Tremblay movie Wonder, was tapped to work on the script.

Sources say that the working relationship between Trevorrow and Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy became unmanageable. Kennedy, who had already been through one director firing/replacement on the Han Solo spinoff movie, was not eager for a sequel and tried to avoid this decision.

In June, Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired from the Han Solo stand-alone with only a few weeks left in principal photography. The two were later replaced by Ron Howard, who is finishing out production in London.

Rumors are already circulating as to possible replacements for Trevorrow. Rian Johnson, who is in post for The Last Jedi (Episode VIII), has been mentioned as a possibility, returning to the franchise. J.J. Abrams, who successfully helmed Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has also emerged as a top contender.

Trevorrow's departure now marks the fourth time directors have been replaced on a Star Wars project. Tony Gilroy took over from Gareth Edwards for massive reshoots on 2016's Rogue One. And Josh Trank was taken off of a Star Wars anthology film after reports arose about the helmer's disturbing behavior on the set of Fox's Fantastic Four reboot. Like Trank, Trevorrow's exit occured before the movie has started shooting.

Trevorrow first made waves with Sundance hit Safety Not Guaranteed. The indie sci-fi dramedy caught the attention of Steven Spielberg and Universal, who put Trevorrow at the helm of the Jurassic Park reboot, Jurassic World. The movie went on to gross a mammoth $1.6 billion at the global box office. After that success, the director was tapped to write and direct Episode IX, the supposed end to the Skywalker saga that would follow Johnson's The Last Jedi (due out Dec. 15).

Trevorrow has several projects in various stages of development, including a Jurassic World follow-up, which he co-wrote and executive produced. Prior to getting Episode IX, Trevorrow was attached to direct Intelligent Life, a sci-fi thriller set up at Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment that he wrote with writing partner Derek Connolly. (Rebecca Thomas has since taken over as director.)

Back in July, THR spoke to Trevorrow at the Ischia Global Film and Music Fest and asked about the then-recent Lord and Miller exit from the Han Solo film. "Movies are very personal, and art is very personal, and for people to try to turn that into something that is salacious or something that will get clicks is frustrating and sad for me because I know that [movies] mean a lot to everyone involved," he said. "And everybody involved in that movie is passionate about it and worked on it very hard and continues to work on it very hard."
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Re: Star Wars: Episode IX: May 23, 2019

Postby mr.negativity » Tue Sep 05, 2017 8:48 pm

Deadline September 5, 2017:
Might Rian Johnson Return For ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’?
Mike Fleming Jr wrote:EXCLUSIVE: Put Rian Johnson atop the short list of directors who might replace the recently departed Colin Trevorrow in Star Wars: Episode IX. Insiders said that nothing is done yet, but that prospect is certainly in the air right now. The Looper helmer fit seamlessly into the Lucasfilm machine, which is no small feat given the number of star directors who’ve been chewed up and spat out under the “creative difference” line in exiting Star Wars movies.

Deadline was first to tell you that Ron Howard was top choice to replace Phil Lord & Chris Miller as director of the Han Solo spinoff movie, and that came to pass. If Johnson, who directed the December 15-launching Star Wars: The Last Jedi, does in fact come back to take the reins of the next movie, it would somehow seem like destiny. When Deadline revealed that the Looper helmer was being hired to take on Star Wars, the original intention was for him to direct two movies. Stay tuned. It might come to pass.


The other takeaway regarding the exit of Trevorrow, it is that when it comes to the billion-dollar Disney silo machine, the auteur director takes a back seat to the star studio chief. In this collision of art and extreme commerce, directors who are changeable are the ones who succeed in these kinds of films. We’ve seen Marvel’s Kevin Feige replace directors of Marvel superhero movies and rule with an authoritative my-way-or-the-highway mind-set that has led to an unprecedented string of audience-pleasing blockbuster hits. We are seeing the same thing with Kathy Kennedy on the Lucasfilm side. We’ve now seen the Jurassic World helmer Trevorrow follow Lord and Miller out the door, which followed the previous exit of Josh Trank. And the sort-of exit of Gareth Edwards, who completed principal photography on the spinoff Rogue One, but it is the worst kept secret in Hollywood that Tony Gilroy supervised the directing of the re-shoots that put Rogue One back on track as another billion-dollar grossing Star Wars film.

Lord & Miller are being mentioned to possibly return to direct the DC pic The Flash (though Robert Zemeckis has also been mentioned for that film); maybe Trevorrow will step back in and direct the Jurassic World sequel? The Star Wars director fallout is creating a lot of intrigue around town.
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Re: Star Wars: Episode IX: May 23, 2019

Postby Henry88 » Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:19 pm

mr.negativity wrote:THR SEPTEMBER 05, 2017:
Colin Trevorrow Out as 'Star Wars: Episode IX' Director
Borys Kit & Mia Galuppo wrote:Colin Trevorrow is no longer directing Star Wars: Episode IX, Lucasfilm said 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," read a Lucasfilm statement.

Rumors of Trevorrow’s departure have dogged the project since early June, weeks before the opening of The Book of Henry, his thriller that was panned by critics and failed at the box office.

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that script issues have continued to be a sore spot throughout Episode IX’s development, with Trevorrow having repeated stabs at multiple drafts. In August, Jack Thorne, the British scribe who wrote the upcoming Julia Roberts-Jacob Tremblay movie Wonder, was tapped to work on the script.

Sources say that the working relationship between Trevorrow and Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy became unmanageable. Kennedy, who had already been through one director firing/replacement on the Han Solo spinoff movie, was not eager for a sequel and tried to avoid this decision.

In June, Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired from the Han Solo stand-alone with only a few weeks left in principal photography. The two were later replaced by Ron Howard, who is finishing out production in London.

Rumors are already circulating as to possible replacements for Trevorrow. Rian Johnson, who is in post for The Last Jedi (Episode VIII), has been mentioned as a possibility, returning to the franchise. J.J. Abrams, who successfully helmed Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has also emerged as a top contender.

Trevorrow's departure now marks the fourth time directors have been replaced on a Star Wars project. Tony Gilroy took over from Gareth Edwards for massive reshoots on 2016's Rogue One. And Josh Trank was taken off of a Star Wars anthology film after reports arose about the helmer's disturbing behavior on the set of Fox's Fantastic Four reboot. Like Trank, Trevorrow's exit occured before the movie has started shooting.

Trevorrow first made waves with Sundance hit Safety Not Guaranteed. The indie sci-fi dramedy caught the attention of Steven Spielberg and Universal, who put Trevorrow at the helm of the Jurassic Park reboot, Jurassic World. The movie went on to gross a mammoth $1.6 billion at the global box office. After that success, the director was tapped to write and direct Episode IX, the supposed end to the Skywalker saga that would follow Johnson's The Last Jedi (due out Dec. 15).

Trevorrow has several projects in various stages of development, including a Jurassic World follow-up, which he co-wrote and executive produced. Prior to getting Episode IX, Trevorrow was attached to direct Intelligent Life, a sci-fi thriller set up at Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment that he wrote with writing partner Derek Connolly. (Rebecca Thomas has since taken over as director.)

Back in July, THR spoke to Trevorrow at the Ischia Global Film and Music Fest and asked about the then-recent Lord and Miller exit from the Han Solo film. "Movies are very personal, and art is very personal, and for people to try to turn that into something that is salacious or something that will get clicks is frustrating and sad for me because I know that [movies] mean a lot to everyone involved," he said. "And everybody involved in that movie is passionate about it and worked on it very hard and continues to work on it very hard."


you know at this point who would what to be a director of a star wars movie.
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Re: Star Wars: Episode IX: May 23, 2019

Postby lhb412 » Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:54 pm

Henry88 wrote:you know at this point who would what to be a director of a star wars movie.


On one hand: yes.

On the other: Trevorrow just wasn't very good and I was certain he'd either fumble the ball in the last installment of this trilogy or turn out the most bland installment, now I'm more optimistic about the movie and the sequel trilogy as a whole.
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Re: Star Wars: Episode IX: May 23, 2019

Postby eabaker » Tue Sep 05, 2017 10:06 pm

And I'm nervous that, as bland as I expected Trevorrow's work to be, that they might be looking for somebody with less individual vision.
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Postby lhb412 » Tue Sep 05, 2017 10:23 pm

Still thinkin' about this post I made two years ago:

lhb412 wrote:^You can tell Hollywood I say balderdash! Poppycock and balderdash!
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Re: Star Wars: Episode IX: May 23, 2019

Postby jellydonut25 » Tue Sep 05, 2017 11:49 pm

eabaker wrote:And I'm nervous that, as bland as I expected Trevorrow's work to be, that they might be looking for somebody with less individual vision.

Or they're going to keep on Rian Johnson and keep a singular vision going forward with Episodes...


At this point, I'm still somewhat willing to give Lucasfilm and Disney the benefit of the doubt and say that they just rushed forward when they announced Lord & Miller and Gareth Edwards and Rian Johnson and Colin Trevorrow and were trying to create positivity and buzz from day 1 instead of mapping things out and planning first. If this keeps happening on future films, where they don't have the benefit of saying, "Well, we just rushed into announcing before we really had time to get our arms around everything," then I'll be more willing to take them to task.

One thing Disney has fumbled that Lucas somehow managed to keep alive all through the years even as he allowed to property to be pillaged and plundered and commercialized beyond reason into a monstrous franchise that nowhere near resembled the small little vision he set out on...the aura of Star Wars no longer really exists, at least to me. It's now just another franchise, and there's nothing special about it anymore. Granted, it's a franchise I enjoy, but there doesn't feel like there's anything "sacred" anymore with Star Wars. It's just a thing. That's kinda sad, though likely inevitable.
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Re: Star Wars: Episode IX: May 23, 2019

Postby eabaker » Wed Sep 06, 2017 3:00 pm

Star Wars under George Lucas always felt like George Lucas's Star Wars, regardless of the quality of the individual episodes. With Lucas's voice gone, it will almost certainly never again feel like "true" Star Wars (to me). Now that it's this different beast, I guess I'm not really concerned with consistency. If it's not going to feel like Lucas's Star Wars, I'd rather see as much variety and experimentation as possible, because that at least is... honest, I guess? Whereas pretending that it's all still of a piece just strikes me as a kind of pointless pretense.
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Re: Star Wars: Episode IX: May 23, 2019

Postby TerranigmaFreak » Wed Sep 06, 2017 10:27 pm

Amazing news. Trevorrow has no business making a Star Wars movie, or even Jurassic Park to be honest.

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Re: Star Wars: Episode IX: May 23, 2019

Postby mr.negativity » Wed Sep 06, 2017 11:33 pm

eabaker wrote:Star Wars under George Lucas always felt like George Lucas's Star Wars, regardless of the quality of the individual episodes. With Lucas's voice gone, it will almost certainly never again feel like "true" Star Wars (to me). Now that it's this different beast, I guess I'm not really concerned with consistency. If it's not going to feel like Lucas's Star Wars, I'd rather see as much variety and experimentation as possible, because that at least is... honest, I guess? Whereas pretending that it's all still of a piece just strikes me as a kind of pointless pretense.

How would you fell if Lucas came back for Episode IX?
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Re: Star Wars: Episode IX: May 23, 2019

Postby eabaker » Thu Sep 07, 2017 3:59 pm

mr.negativity wrote:
eabaker wrote:Star Wars under George Lucas always felt like George Lucas's Star Wars, regardless of the quality of the individual episodes. With Lucas's voice gone, it will almost certainly never again feel like "true" Star Wars (to me). Now that it's this different beast, I guess I'm not really concerned with consistency. If it's not going to feel like Lucas's Star Wars, I'd rather see as much variety and experimentation as possible, because that at least is... honest, I guess? Whereas pretending that it's all still of a piece just strikes me as a kind of pointless pretense.

How would you fell if Lucas came back for Episode IX?


At this point, having had no real input on VII and VIII, I'd worry that he wouldn't really feel creatively free to do IX his own way, and we could end up with a very awkward compromise of a movie.
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Re: Star Wars: Episode IX: May 23, 2019

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Colin Trevorrow’s Firing From Star Wars Is Another Reminder That No Director Will Ever Be Bigger Than the Franchise
Chris Lee wrote:Earlier this week, a disturbance in the Force triggered paroxysms of anguish and confusion across the galaxy. That is to say, since the Tuesday announcement of Colin Trevorrow’s firing as director of Star Wars: Episode IX (with Lucasfilm reaching the conclusion that his and the company’s “visions for the project differ”), Hollywood’s chattering class has been trying to figure out: How did this bona fide blockbuster filmmaker come to be laid so low?

Conspiracy Theory A maintains that The Book of Henry — Trevorrow’s critically mauled, commercially stillborn art-house passion project — which arrived as the June follow-up to his $1.6-billion-grossing sophomore co-writing/directorial effort Jurassic World — may have given Lucasfilm cold feet. Star Wars remains, after 40 years, eight films, and a combined $7.5 billion at the box office, arguably moviedom’s most valuable intellectual property. And Henry’s craptacular reception exposed glaring liabilities in the director’s ability to make the jump to lightspeed, as the thinking goes.

But to hear speculation from a ranking Hollywood movie insider with direct knowledge of the productions on both The Book of Henry and Jurassic World (and who requested anonymity out of concern for sensitive ongoing business relationships), Trevorrow’s firing may have come more directly as a consequence of being “difficult.”

“During the making of Jurassic World, he focused a great deal of his creative energies on asserting his opinion,” the executive explains. “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.”

Then, during preproduction on Episode IX, Trevorrow’s relationship with Lucasfilm top brass became reportedly “unmanageable” over the course of “repeated stabs at multiple drafts” of the script.

“When the reviews for Book of Henry came out, there was immediately conjecture that Kathy was going to dump him because they weren’t thrilled with working with him anyway,” the executive continues. “He’s a difficult guy. He’s really, really, really confident. Let’s call it that.”

Kathy, of course, is eight-time Academy Award–nominated Lucasfilm president/Star Wars brand manager Kathleen Kennedy, who found herself beneath the red-hot scrutiny of Movie Twitter in June after firing co-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller from the Han Solo spinoff prequel. And in terms of that surfeit of self-belief, Trevorrow admitted to as much in an interview with Esquire in 2015. “Directors require a level of confidence that can border on the delusional,” Trevorrow said. “You have to push it right up to the edge of arrogance, but never cross the line.”

Which really would be nothing new in an industry where gigantic egos are as common as Tesla Xs, and directors convinced of their own Kubrickian greatness come a dime a dozen. But by the point of his supernova success with Jurassic World, it’s worth noting Trevorrow had become inextricably linked to the scourge of white male privilege in Hollywood. In an era when men are almost 12 times more likely to direct movies than women, and minorities continue to lose ground as directors (according to the 2017 Hollywood Diversity Report), he landed the coveted Jurassic job on the strength of a single film, the quirky 2012 Sundance sci-fi dramedy Safety Not Guaranteed.

This evolved into such an inescapable talking point, Trevorrow even admitted to the Los Angeles Times, “[It] hurts my feelings when I’m used as an example of white male privilege.”

Still, the decision to bounce him from the project ultimately fell to Kennedy, who, five years into her Lucasfilm tenure, is showing less and less compunction about firing or replacing directors she feels are temperamentally or creatively unsuited to the job, having also overseen the resignation of Fantastic Four director Josh Trank from another stand-alone Star Wars film in 2015.

“There’s one gatekeeper when it comes to Star Wars and it’s Kathleen Kennedy,” says a veteran movie producer, who has worked with the studio chief. “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 "OH GODZILLA! WHAT TERRIBLE LANGUAGE!" differently. And Kathleen Kennedy isn’t going to "OH GODZILLA! WHAT TERRIBLE LANGUAGE!" around with that.
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