Saturday, August 15, 2015

Colin Trevorrow confirmed to direct 'Star Wars: Episode IX'

Last month, Heroic Hollywood's Umberto Gonzalez (aka El Mayimbe) dropped a hot rumor, stating that director Colin Trevorrow, who most recently created Jurassic World for Universal, was Lucasfilm's choice to direct Star Wars: Episode IX, the trilogy finale after J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson put their stamp on the saga. It was expected by many that Disney and Lucasfilm would confirm Trevorrow's spot as the Episode IX director at San Diego Comic-Con, but that didn't happen, leaving fans puzzled as to whether or not Gonzalez's scoop was correct. Fan debate raged on about whether Trevorrow was right for the job, while people threw out other names including Brad Bird and Neill Blomkamp. The picture got a bit clearer this week when J.J. Abrams, director of The Force Awakens, confirmed that he would not be returning to direct Star Wars: Episode IX, despite rumors and fan speculation. At that point, many began looking Trevorrow's way. And today, Disney finally confirmed what we had all been speculating.

Colin Trevorrow will direct Star Wars: Episode IX for Disney, which is currently set for a 2019 release. "This is not a job or an assignment. It is a seat at a campfire," says Trevorrow "surrounded by an extraordinary group of storytellers, filmmakers, artists and craftspeople. We've been charged with telling new stories for a younger generation because they deserve what we all had- a mythology to call their own. We will do this by channeling something George Lucas instilled in all of us: boundless creativity, pure invention and hope." Lucasfilm President and Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy went on to say "Colin is someone I've been interested in working with ever since I saw Safety Not Guaranteed. The power of that film paired with the enormous success of Jurassic World speaks volumes about his abilities as both a storyteller and skilled filmmaker. We are thrilled to have such an incredible talent as Colin join our family and step into the Star Wars universe."

As a lifelong Star Wars fan and a fan of blockbuster cinema, this move excites me. Many complained about Jurassic World, but I just don't get it- after months of summer movies, World stands as quite possibly the most entertaining of the summer. Trevorrow will be working with Kennedy, Episode VIII director Rian Johnson (who is writing the screenplay for IX), Abrams and most likely Lawrence Kasdan as well, so the talent on this film is enormous. I can't wait to see what Trevorrow does with the material, and I hope that Episode IX is a fantastic end to what looks like an exciting trilogy. The first chapter in this new saga, Star Wars: Episode VII- The Force Awakens, will hit theaters on December 18.

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