Disney/Lucasfilm need to calm down with these Star Wars director switch-ups. First Phil Lord and Chris Miller are replaced with Ron Howard on the Han Solo spin-off. Now, yesterday's announcement that Colin Trevorrow would no longer direct Ep. IX is followed by the announcement that J.J. Abrams will. One thing is certain: Disney does not like to waste time.
Statements regarding Trevorrow's exit and Abrams' return were issued on the official Star Wars website. In regards to the loss of director, the press release states "Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ." The infamous creative differences. For those of you who don't know, statements like these are the equivalent of a child asking their parent "why", and their response being "Because I said so." Its meant to keep the details vague.
What is loud and clear, however, is the love for their former partner. Lucafilm president Kathleen Kennedy issued a statement saying "With The Force Awakens, J.J. delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for, and I am so excited that he is coming back to close out this trilogy."
The seemingly sudden replacement is not so sudden, if you think about it. A film as large as Ep. IX is a huge investment for the studio. Like we saw with Lord and Miller, Kennedy does not play around when it comes to overseeing a particular vision for this franchise. More than likely, Abrams was approached to take over long before this announcement was made. Well, when the last Star Wars film he touched made over $2 billion worldwide, it would be wise to hold onto him.
The Force will be with us on May 24, 2019 when Star Wars: Ep. IX is released.
Are you sad to see Trevorrow go, or did you breathe a sigh of relief when an old face returned? Let us hear it down below. Stay frosty!