Colin Trevorrow is a little known director though his last movie, Jurassic World, was a record-breaking smash at the global box office, taking over $1.5 billion. But his next challenge will be his biggest and most difficult yet, as he has now been confirmed to direct Star Wars: Episode IX.
The last part in the upcoming trilogy could potentially be the final installment of the main nine part saga, so the appointment to helm should not be taken lightly. Fans will be expecting something quite special, on par with Return of the Jedi, something that will give them suitable closure on a franchise which has been over forty years in the making.
Much of the pressure could be alleviated with the help of J. J. Abrams, whose Force Awakens is released later this year and will set the trajectory for both Trevorrow and Rian Johnson to follow.
Speaking on behalf of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy stated “the power of Safety Not Guaranteed 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 has already started working with the team at Disney to develop the ideas, which will go into production in a couple of years time.
Trevorrow himself released the following statement via starwars.com
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.
It’s a moving proclamation from a director who clearly cares about doing justice to a film, and a universe, that generations of fans have invested in for much of their lives. And here’s how the fans responded to the announcement on Twitter:
I can’t wait for Colin Trevorrow to make a Star Wars movie that will have everyone saying “that it wasn’t as bad as the Prequels.”
— Nick Mundy (@dickfundy) August 15, 2015
Speaking of Jurassic World, somebody’s getting RKO’d straight to the depths of Hell if Colin Trevorrow is in fact directing Episode IX.
— Justin Byerly (@JUSTINGASMAKER) July 24, 2015
Remember when Colin Trevorrow was directing EPISODE IX? Boy that was a shitty day.
— Brian Pachinger (@Bwpachinger) July 14, 2015
Hardly an overwhelming response, but maybe heads will start turning as the project moves forward. He is already evidencing his commitment to the film, and it will be interesting to see what direction the next episodes are taken.
Star Wars: Episode IX is due for release in 2019.