Although Disney did not confirm this rumor at the Star Wars/Lucasfilm panel on Friday, this was one of the hot stories of the weekend coming from Umberto Gonzalez's Heroic Hollywood. After the massive, unprecedented success of Jurassic World, it would be logical to think that everyone involved would get an extra boost to their careers. Chris Pratt's star is still rising (with rumored appearances in Indiana Jones and Star Wars), Bryce Dallas Howard might get some more roles and now, director Colin Trevorrow might get one of the biggest gigs in Hollywood. According to Heroic Hollywood, Trevorrow is Disney's choice to direct Star Wars: Episode IX, which is targeting a 2019 release date. Hot off the success of helming one of the biggest blockbusters in global history, Trevorrow is the clear, if not exactly fan-friendly choice to direct Episode IX.
According to Gonzalez and other sources (including Peter Sciretta and Drew McWeeny), Steven Spielberg and Frank Marshall enjoyed collaborating with Trevorrow on Jurassic World and the film proved that he could handle a big-budget event. That sorta helped him to secure Episode IX. Of all the directors that were options for this trilogy capper, Trevorrow always seemed like one of the most viable options. Sure, Brad Bird and Jon Favreau would have been nice, but Trevorrow already has connections within the Amblin/Lucas and it just made sense. But the real question is- do I like this choice? Yes, I really do. Fans aren't so enthusiastic, but I think that they need to give him the benefit of the doubt. Jurassic World may have had some structural and character issues, but those problems came from the script, not from the filmmaking. Trevorrow proved that he can make a rip-roaringly fun blockbuster and I'm excited to see his take on Star Wars- especially if Episode VII and VIII end up being good. The first chapter in the new Star Wars saga, The Force Awakens, will debut in theaters on December 18.