September 5 2017

Colin Trevorrow out as Star Wars Episode IX director

If you felt a disturbance in the Force on Tuesday that was just Colin Trevorrow being fired as the director of Star Wars Episode IX.

In a statement on Tuesday, Lucasfilm made the announcement.

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.

In case you’re confused, Episode IX is the last firm of the current trilogy, Episode VIII – The Last Jedi – is the film hitting theaters this December.

This marks the second time in a matter of months that a director shake up has happened on a Star Wars film. Previously Chris Miller and Phil Lord were released from the untitled Han Solo film to be replaced by Ron Howard. This is not a good look for Lucasfilm to keep losing directors.

Rumors are indicating the script was the issue, so this sounds like it may be a step 1 restart on the project.

Episode IX is scheduled for release May 19, 2019, so Lucasfilm is going to need to act quickly.

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