September 8 2017

Trevorrow’s departure over Episode IX explained

We need to take this with a grain of salt to be sure, but if the rumors about why Colin Trevorrow was fired are true, it makes sense.

An anonymous source speaking with Vulture has explained why Colin Trevorrow was let go from working on Star Wars Episode IX, and it makes a lot of sense. You always have to be suspicious of these things, but here we go anyway.

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 s–t differently. And Kathleen Kennedy isn’t going to f–k around with that.

The source goes on to say ego played a role in this.

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… He’s a difficult guy. He’s really, really, really confident. Let’s call it that.

Lets get this out of the way: If you’re hired to direct a Star Wars film you had better come in realizing you’re a factory worker. Sorry, but it’s true. You are going to be able to color in the edges of things, but at the core you are a hired gun. You are not making a Trevorrow (or whomever) film, you are making a Star Wars film.

End of story.

As I said when this news first broke earlier this week, while I love these movies, I also realize they are paint by numbers. Somehow that fact seems to be escaping directors that come in. Phil Lord and Chris Miller apparently thought the Han Solo movie should be ad libbed if the rumors are to be believed. Trevorrow apparently thought he was making his own thing.

I believe in the visions of directors, but I also think you have to realize when you sign on to a franchise as big as this, it isn’t about you or your vision at that point. This is an empire (no pun intended) and this isn’t your chance to make it your own. Do your job and be thankful someone let you play with their toys.

And, again, I DO BELIEVE IN DIRECTORS HAVING ARTISTIC FREEDOM… just not here. (I know someone was going to call me on that, so I had to stress it.)

Source: Vulture .

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