The Star Wars franchise has been no stranger to behind the scenes shake-ups since landing at Disney, and now Star Wars: Episode IX will need a new director.
Lucasfilm announced Monday evening that Colin Trevorrow has officially exited the project. Here's the studio's full statement:
"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."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the exit came as "script issues" continued to be a sore spot during the film's pre-production, as Trevorrow failed to find a spark after "multiple" drafts. Combined with the fact that his working relationship with Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy had become "unmanageable," and the writing was on the wall. A new writer, Jack Thorne, was hired to take a crack at the project in August.
Trevorrow's exit is the latest in a relatively long line of directorial issues on the new run of Star Wars films. Phil Lord and Chris Miller were replaced by Ron Howard on the Han Solo prequel, while Josh Trank left a different spinoff (reportedly a Boba Fett film) while the film was still in the early stages of development. Beyond that, there was also a bit of trouble behind the scenes of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, with director Gareth Edwards allegedly losing a bit of control of the production to Lucasfilm during reshoots.
Are you bummed to see Trevorrow out? Who should step into the director's chair? Maybe they'll just keep Ron Howard on retainer?