Now that Star Wars: Episode VII is behind us, most fans are already wondering what Episode VIII will bring us when it hits screens in a year and a half. Why waste time with that? Let’s jump right to Star Wars: Episode IX. Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow has been tapped to helm that film, and before he barely gets started, there’s already a call to have him replaced. He’s not letting that slow him down, however, as Trevorrow apparently has quite big plans for the Star Wars franchise. According to him, his movie is going to be nuts, because that’s what Star Wars should be.
One Star Wars fan, who thinks it would be appropriate to let George Lucas say a final farewell to his creation by directing 2019's Star Wars: Episode IX, has started a petition to get Lucasfilm to fire Colin Trevorrow. ET Online asked the director about the petition, and he was aware of it. It turns out, he was in a fairly fitting place when he first saw it.
I saw that, and it was on a day where I was at LucasFilm giving this big speech to everyone about how we want to channel the invention and just the raw creativity and the boldness that George brought to these films and not being afraid that we're going to embarrass ourselves by doing something that might be crazy.
The stories, about how nobody, including George Lucas himself, thought Star Wars would work are now the stuff of legend. Trevorrow now calls it "the greatest story ever told" which is, literally, high praise. Today Star Wars is where most franchises start, trying to create their version of the magic. This was very much what J.J. Abrams did with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Some criticized him for the connection the movie had with the first one, while others appreciated him for it.
For better or worse, it looks like Colin Trevorrow has a very different idea. He’s going to try and recapture the spirit of the original, without looking to recreate it. It’s a huge risk. When you do something crazy and it works you’re a genius. When you do something crazy and it fails you’re just nuts.
What do you think? Do you support a director taking risks with your beloved franchise or would you rather he just play it safe?