‘Star Wars: Episode IX’: Colin Trevorrow Confirmed to Direct

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“Jurassic World” helmer Colin Trevorrow has been confirmed as the director of “Star Wars: Episode IX,” it was announced at D23 Expo in Anaheim.

Trevorrow shepherded “Jurassic World” to become the third highest-grossing movie ever, knocking Marvel’s “Avengers” from that spot.

“Colin is someone I’ve been interested in working with ever since I saw ‘Safety Not Guaranteed,’” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement. “The power of that film paired with the enormous success of ‘Jurassic World’ speaks volumes about his abilities both as 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.”

Trevorrow added, “This is not a job or an assignment. It is a seat at a campfire, 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.”

As previously announced, Rian Johnson is directing “Star Wars: Episode VIII.” Johnson is known for his work on “Looper” and “The Brothers Bloom.” That film is scheduled for for release on May 26, 2017. “Episode IX” is slated for a 2019 release, while a standalone Han Solo origin film, directed by “The Lego Movie” and “21 Jump Street” helmers Chris Miller and Phil Lord, will bow in theaters on May 25, 2018. The first standalone film in the franchise, “Star Wars: Rogue One,” will debut on December 16, 2016.

Heroic Hollywood first reported news of Trevorrow’s involvement.

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  1. Freddy says:

    I’m scared.. Jurassic world sucked.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Ugh, it’s gonna suck now. Jurassic World was horrible.

  3. Duder NME says:

    But what about The Towner, is he returning? Won’t someone think of John Williams!

  4. What a bummer. “Jurassic World” was a terrible, forgettable film that cashed in on hunger for real movies that wowed us…things I still haven’t totally felt since watching “Star Wars” or “Jurassic Park” or “Indiana Jones” as a kid (stay away from Indy Disney!!!!).

    Maybe I’m just growing up, but these movies are important to me and its sad to see them become completely NORMAL (which is exactly what I’m expecting from JJ, from Trevorrow…). Star Wars and Jurassic Park weren’t just spectacle films filmed with the NOW actors of the moment or the latest special effects, and they weren’t yet a vehicle to make billions outside the box office in merchandising or parks or whatever. They were stories that resonated and inspired, and we’re SO good that a terrible mess of a film like “Jurassic World” can make $1 billion on nostalgia and good will alone.

    I think Ian Malcolm best summed up these trends before they even appeared…

    “Um, I’ll tell you the problem with the power that you’re using here, it didn’t require any discipline to attain it. You read what others had done and you took the next step. You didn’t earn the knowledge for yourselves, so you don’t take any responsibility for it. You stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as fast as you could, and before you even knew what you had, you patented it, and packaged it, and slapped it on a plastic lunchbox, and now you’re selling it…”

  5. Matt Gill says:

    Couldn’t agree more. This article is spot on. Hollywood needs to smarten up. Like the movie, ’12 angry men.’ How sexist that movie was. Am I right? I’ll never watch Star Wars again. Bunch of pigs

  6. loco73 says:

    Man…these guys seem not to learn anything from every idiotic idea, choice and move they’ve made. We have already been gifted with the opening salvo of the Disney era of Star Wars, with the fetid stink bomb that is “Star Wars: Rebels”…a show virtually no one is watching…

    Then they went ahead and hired the safest director ever, JJ Abrams, a middling, mediocre hack whose greatest accomplishment is learning how to copy every one else really well and then spew his own brainfarts on the world…because ever seeing an ounce of originality and vision from him is more than likely wishful thinking at this point.

    Then they went ahead and hired Ryan Johnson who directed ‘Looper”, a good and interesting movie to be sure, but nowhere near being a game changer or a movie that will stand out in the future. Hollywood is so creatively bankrupt that ANY director who shows even a little bit of promise in the dreary and exasperating mediocrity infested talent pool available, he or she (probably less she), will get hired to direct large scale projects such as this.

    Then continuing this moronic streak they went ahead of hired Josh Trank, a self-absorbed, hipster uber-hack who directed a mildly interesting, but largely forgettable and mediocre movie, “Chronicle”…Now with the stench that ‘Fantastic Four” is leaving in its wake at the box office, Trank was jettisoned and it briefly appeared that the “Star Wars” franchise would not be completely mutilated by Disney, and that it at least had some slim chance that at least part of it might be salvaged…

    Then in a final act of just not being able the wash the stupid away, Disney-Pixar-Marvel-Lucasfilm loaded this increasingly ridiculous looking clown car, with another turd…in the form of Colin Trevorrow,…whose previous original outing was “Safety Not Guaranteed”, an alright, indie movie, with a sci-fi background….and “Jurassic World” whose almost guaranteed box office success was virtually idiot proof…

    I guess all these people are really interested in sucking the little bit of remaining life out of “Star Wars…

  7. Anonymous says:

    Trevorrow is an awful choice. Doesn’t live up to the other two directors at all.

  8. Jake says:

    All story boards will have to be approved by JJ. Script approved by KK and JJ. He most likely got the job because he has already done the job: deliver another person(s) vision on time and on budget. Lost opportunity: why not Joe Johnston? If ever someone was overqualified to deliver…

  9. CCV says:

    Bad choice. Because his movie made money–it made money because it’s Jurassic Park–they picked him. Like them or hate them, Abrams and Johnson are experienced film makers with definite personal styles they bring to the table. THIS guy was just along for the ride with JW, and he’ll be just along for the ride again.

  10. Lenny says:

    Such a boring and uninspired choice. Disappointed!

  11. SKA says:

    Oh man. Come on! I thought RJ had both VIII and IX to write and direct. Seriously, JURASSIC WORLD was mediocre and, whatever abilities CT surely has – I enjoyed SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED – there was little vision brought to JW. Spielberg 1sts & the dinosaurs did all the work.

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