We’ve all heard about how Colin Trevorrow and Lucasfilm have parted ways over differing visions for Star Wars Episode IX. We’ve speculated about who might be on Lucasfilm’s shortlist to take the reins and on who should be in consideration. But this latest piece of news from Vulture, while not shocking, seems to confirm what many have already speculated: Colin Trevorrow was likely fired from Star Wars Episode IX.
The question is why? Vulture interviewed a top Hollywood movie insider who spoke anonymously and alleged that Trevorrow is, in fact, “difficult” to work with. This insider claimed to be very familiar with production on two of Trevorrow's projects, 2015's Jurassic World and 2017's The Book of Henry.
“During the making of Jurassic World, he focused a great deal of his creative energies on asserting his opinion,” the insider told Vulture. “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.”
During Episode IX’s preproduction, Trevorrow reportedly attempted multiple drafts of the movie’s script, and Lucasfilm’s top executives became increasingly unhappy with him, the insider claimed. When The Book of Henry bombed at the box office, people assumed that Kathleen Kennedy would fire him because he was supposedly so hard to work with. “He’s a difficult guy. He’s really, really, really confident. Let’s call it that,” said the insider to Vulture.
While Kennedy has been the target of an increasing amount of criticism over the way she runs Lucasfilm — and the control she demands over productions — it’s utterly unsurprising that Trevorrow may have been fired. It’s clear that Lucasfilm values team players who will cooperate with their vision for the franchise. That’s not a bad thing, necessarily, and it has proven a successful formula for Star Wars so far. (After all, Kennedy has just a few successful films under her belt.) Lucasfilm has made it clear that it ultimately controls Star Wars and no director’s vision, no matter how important they think they are, will get in the way of that.