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With Solo: A Star Wars Story now in the world, Lucasfilm begins to gear up for Episode IX and while we can expect to hear a lot about the movie for the next year and a half, don't expect to hear much from the film's former director. Jurassic World 's Colin Trevorrow was originally tapped to direct the final installment of the new Star Wars trilogy, but several months ago it was announced that Trevorrow was leaving the project due to having a different vision for the film than Lucasfilm. While we've heard various unsubstantiated reports about why the change may have been made, the director himself has said little about it. Colin Trevorrow is still not saying much about the split, but he has opened up about why he's not talking. He says that his silence is designed to keep the focus of the fans on the film itself, and not on the production of it, because that would destroy the magic. According to Trevorrow...
I don't want to talk too much about it because I don't want to affect the way that fans get to see these films. When we were kids, these movies came to us from far away. They were a gift. And the more we talk about how they're made, the more it reveals that they're just movies. But they're not just movies, they're more than that.
For a lot of people the Star Wars franchise is very special. They saw the original trilogy or maybe the prequel trilogy as young movie fans and fell in love with it. Colin Trevorrow certainly counts himself among that number and he understands that there's a younger generation who is experiencing the current Star Wars movies in the same way that he saw the original three. He's afraid that talking too much about the behind the scenes stuff has the potential to make Star Wars feel like any other movie and he's doesn't believe they are.
Beyond that, I got the opportunity to tell a story that is a celebration of everything I believe in, I got to tell it to George Lucas and I got to tell it to Luke Skywalker, and those are experiences I will cherish for the rest of my life.
J.J. Abrams eventually agreed to come in and direct as well as co-write Star Wars Episode IX. The trilogy is set to conclude in December 2019.