Disney and Lucasfilm are turning to a familiar face to take the helm of "Star Wars: Episode IX" following the exit of former director Colin Trevorrow.J.J. Abrams, who helped reboot the franchise with "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," has landed the directing job, Variety has learned. He will also co-write the film with Chris Terrio, according to a press release on StarWars.com."With The Force Awakens, J.J. delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for, and I am so excited that he...
The director made his studio film directorial debut with 2015’s “Jurassic World” after Spielberg and co-producer Frank Marshall hand-picked him on the strength of his only other feature, the low-budget 2012 whimsical time-travel piece — and Sundance breakout — “Safety Not Guaranteed.” The risky gamble paid off big time as the franchise’s fourth installment raked in a stunning $1.67 billion worldwide against a reported production budget of $180 million, making the Universal release the most successful in the series.
Trevorrow, who grew up in San Francisco, studied at NYU and wrote and directed his first short, “Home Base,” in 2002, says he was “amazed” to find himself collaborating closely on “Jurassic Park” with Spielberg, who’s shepherded every sequel in the franchise. “Steven was both extremely helpful and totally hands-off,” Trevorrow says. “He showed me a level of professional respect that I hadn’t necessarily earned yet. The creative circle was very small — [co-writer] Derek Connolly and I were given a remarkable amount of freedom to make our film, both from the studio and Steven himself.”
Trevorrow and Connolly are currently writing a sequel. Trevorrow directed a drama, “The Book of Henry,” out in 2017. Although he’s exited as director of “Star Wars: Episode IX,” he co-wrote and executive produced the upcoming “Jurassic World 2.”