Colin Trevorrow Exits STAR WARS: EPISODE IX

Maybe rethink that impossible dream of directing a Star Wars movie, everyone?

If there’s one thing the year 2017 has proved, it’s that once you have a dream job it’s hard to keep the desire to do it.

Look at the job of directing your own Star Wars, a proposition literally millions of kids have dreamed about over the past forty years. In the past few years, a lucky few people have finally gotten the opportunity, and let’s look at their track record, in alphabetical order:

  • J.J. Abrams, who turned the offer down multiple times, and had to be talked into doing it by everyone from Spielberg to his wife,
  • Stephen Daldry, who got hired less than three weeks ago,
  • Gareth Edwards, whose movie was re-edited and reshot so frequently that literally every single trailer was credited differently,
  • Tony Gilroy, that reshooter and credited re-editor,
  • Ron Howard, about as close a friend of the family as you can get without actually being a Wookiee,
  • Rian Johnson, the perennial outlier, who’s apparently finished his movie with months to spare on great terms with all involved,
  • Phil Lord and Chris Miller, whose conduct is currently a better-kept secret than the Executive Branch’s dirty laundry,
  • Josh Trank, whose prospective Boba Fett movie was a bust before the name “Kylo Ren” was even revealed to the world,

and bringing up the rear, Colin Trevorrow, who’s been on the hook since mid-2015 to direct the trilogy-capping Episode IX, a film meant to be such a definitive ending that the utterly unrestrained Disney says that afterwards they’ll take a break.

For whatever reason, it was announced this afternoon that Trevorrow is the latest person to accept the job and turn it down, like almost half the names on that list. You’ll hear more as it happens, but for now, who do we like to take over? Personally, if we must get a white dude (and look at that list; all evidence says we must), then I’m hoping for noted indie musician and Boyega-finder Joe Cornish.

  • Lunaman

    If I had my druthers choice: Ava DuVernay.

    If we must get a white dude choice: hey, maybe look into some “Game of Thrones” directors, people who are used to swooping into a giant billion dollar glob trotting IP machine in progress and making it work.

    • Andrew Clark

      I feel like if Ava turned down Disney-Marvel then she would turn down Disney-Star Wars as well. I’m happy with her kicking ass and forging paths of her own (as much as a SW movie from her would likely own).

      • Butts Carlton

        But she’s making A WRINKLE IN TIME for Disney, so it’s not like she’s opposed to Disney itself. Moreso her and Feige weren’t on the same page, which caused her to turn down Marvel.

        • Andrew Clark

          Sure, but she was clearly given a lot of creative control over elements of WRINKLE that she would not have been given in BP or a SW, I guess is my point.

      • Lunaman

        I dunno, man, Abrams came to her for advice during TFA and she seemed pretty enthusiastic about it. She’s the one who told him they should go back and shoot an insert of Rey closing her eyes and tapping into the force during the lightsaber duel. We need someone who gets that and cares about it.

    • SmithDoc

      a wrinkle in time looks bad, though. i know her previous work is great, but it kind of looks like she can’t handle cgi. i’ll be happily disproven, though.

      • Lunaman

        Bruh. Giant celestial Oprah. Star Wars prequels ain’t shit compared to that.

  • Something

    If they don’t get Gore Verbinski what’s the goddamn point

    • Butts Carlton

      Probably to not have a 15 hour long film

      • Andrew Clark

        But I want that.

  • Courgette

    I kinda hope they wait a little while with announcing anyone, so we can have some fun with insane wishes (Park-Chan Wook! Gore Verbinski! Jong-Boon Ho!) before they end up with a Ron Howard type.

    • Darren Aronofsky! Richard Kelly! Michael Winner!

      • Butts Carlton

        Jeremy Saulnier or bust!

      • Courgette

        Refn! Herzog! Soderbergh!

    • As I said elsewhere in this thread, both Cronenberg and Lynch were offered JEDI back in the day. I say offer again.

    • SmithDoc

      i like your suggestions, but you’ve got to get your korean names right. park chan-wook and bong joon-ho.

  • Calvan

    Lucasfilm’s track record here is not giving me a lot of confidence.
    Like, I know Treverrow has many detractors, but his leaving at this point feels less like Lucasfilm jettisoning an unpopular director, and more like they have very bad luck finding people to work with them on their terms.
    Until I hear a name I like announced, I’m gonna have less faith in this movie than I did before.

    • JW feels like the ideal yes-man movie to me, in the same way that The Mummy does. They’re films directed by executives through their credited directors.

      • Calvan

        Which is fair, but then why this shakeup? Did they decide late in the game they didn’t like what Treverrow had agreed to make? Did they arbitrarily decide now that they’d rather take a creative risk? I mean, I’m not settle on anything yet, this news just doesn’t fill me with glee on its own merits.

        • Andrew Clark

          I think it all comes down to the fall out from L&M’s firing. That was horrible press for them and almost cost them an entire movie, which would be an unfathomable loss. They don’t even want the chance that something like that could happen again. They’re nipping any problems in the bud, so to speak.

        • I think what they want is a super competent director who’s also chill as fuck and willing to tolerate their capriciousness (Johnson); not a yes man.

        • I have a feeling they’ve been considering this ever since TBOH’s release.

          • Butts Carlton

            One article I read is that this has been in the works since June, so yeah, right around BOH’s release

  • Andrew Clark

    This coming on the tail of their firing of Lord & Miller feels like they’re starting to Goldilocks the living shit out of their directors. Who will fit just right versus who might rock the boat or go outside our crudely drawn Porg sketch?

    It makes me wonder how Johnson has made it through unscathed, but the easiest truth might be that he is simply the best director they’ve hired to do one of these things yet and didn’t require any handling.

  • I feel like Guillermo del Toro would be a good fit creatively, but he would probably not enjoy being under the iron fist of Disney. Short of that, I’m always pro-Joe Johnston.

    Also: it’s worth noting that both Cronenberg and Lynch were offered RETURN OF THE JEDI back in the day. Who says they can’t do it now?!

  • Lilgreenman

    I’m very unhappy with the fact that this is almost inescapably going to result in fewer young, interesting directors getting handed big movies. Just a cryin’ shame.

  • Andrew Clark
    • #TeamHertzfeldt

      • Butts Carlton

        #TeamWorldOfTomorrowWasJustFine

        • #TeamButtsIsAButt

          • Butts Carlton

            #TeamYeahIKnow

        • Andrew Clark

          I hope you got that downvote. ❤️

  • With all the drama behind the newer Star Wars films I’m really starting to question how much of a future this franchise has, at least in the next decade.

    • Andrew Clark

      Agreed. At a certain point, who is going to want to work with them? Sure they could always get up-and-comers, but that’s a huge gamble with your career. Maybe it works out, but statistics are not on your side at this point.

  • Oh, damn. Someone said Alfonso Cuarón and now that sounds so perfect.

    • Lilgreenman

      I’m forced to assume they’ve asked him before and he’s said no, because he’s always been such a sublime choice.

      • Cuarón’s the sort of dude who’s so malleable he could literally direct any movie.

        • Lilgreenman

          To me, that’s that’s an exaggeration, but the guy’s three greatest movies have been “Retro road trip self-discovery travelogue”, “Coming of age gothic fantasy fairytale” and “Hyper-realistic spaceborne SF thriller”. That’s almost laughable, in terms of how holistically perfect that is for Star Wars.

  • Calvan

    Genndy Tartakovsky
    Noah Hawley
    Patty Jenkins
    Ryan Coogler
    Kenneth Branagh
    all people I would enjoy seeing Star Warses from.

  • Maybe not this one in particular, but Takashi Miike needs to make a SW film.

    • Andrew Clark

      I need it. I NEEEEEEED ITTTTT.

  • VyceVictus

    SEND THIS ACCURSED PRODUCTION TO WAKALIWOOD AND MURDER THE ENTIRE GALAXY FAR FAR AWAY

    • WHO KILLED CAPTAIN PHASMA?

      • VyceVictus

        Holy fjkjhgfjjffhhdjhvxssaeujj

    • Lilgreenman

      Compromise: Go back to Lucas’ “invented, untranslated language” roots, and have BB-8 be the VJ Emmie.

  • This was a much funnier piece than it needed to be. Kudos, Adam.

    I’m on Team Just Have RJ Complete the Trilogy.