Lucasfilm made a surprise statement today that director Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World) is no longer directing Star Wars: Epsiode IX. This is the brief statement that was posted on StarWars.com:
“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.”
So, now Lucasfilm is on the hunt for a director to replace him. I know that they say the reason for parting ways was creative differences, but it'd be interesting to know the full story. After all, Trevorrow has been working on the project for some time already.
I guess it's better to part ways now than right in the middle of production like with what happened with Han Solo directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Hell, maybe Lucasfilm will have Ron Howard come in and direct Episode IX when he's done with the Han Solo movie!
Lucasfilm must be very set on their ideas with how they want to proceed with the story for the saga. It seems to me like they aren't really giving the directing talent a lot of creative freedom. If they did, they wouldn't be parting ways with these directors whose vision don't align with theirs.
Simon Kinberg, Lawrence Kasdan, Rian Johnson and Michael Arndt, all worked on the script for Star Wars: Episode IX and it will bring a close to the third Star Wars trilogy. Episode IX is scheduled to be released on May 24th, 2019 so they have plenty of time to hire a director that is more in line what the studio has envisioned.