This Week In Star Wars | D23 Edition | Episode IX Director

There is a new director in the Star Wars universe and he is…

D23 gave us a load of Star Wars news yesterday not least of all was the announcement that Colin Trevorrow  will be taking the director’s chair for Star Wars Episode IX. Mr. Trevorrow’s first movie Safety Not Guaranteed was a real head turner when it hit in 2012 and I guess it was just the right kind of calling card considering the director’s follow up was the hugely successful Jurassic World.

The announcement came via Disney Chairman Alan Horn, who confirmed Mr. Trevorrow, recently rumoured to be in the running for the job, as  the director of 2019’s Star Wars movie. Kathleen Kennedy has the following to say:

“Colin is someone I’ve been interested in working with ever since I saw Safety Not Guaranteed. 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.”  – Kathleen Kennedy

Although the film won’t go into production for a few years Mr. Trevorrow will be camped out at Lucasfilm, helping to shape this new movie. Mr. Trevorrow made the following announcement:

“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.”  – Colin Trevorrow

I think this film went to the right man.

What do you think about the announcement that Colin Trevorrow will be helming Episode IX? Do you think we will see the original cast in this episode? Are you a fan of Mr. Trevorrow’s previous movies? Leave you thoughts in the comments below.

Note: I have been quite vocal about my disappointment in both Gareth Edwards’ and Colin Trevorrow’s most recent movies. I wasn’t a huge fan of Godzilla, although I wouldn’t categorise the film a bad movie, and I found Jurassic World to be very disappointing. I will say though, that both these film makers offered incredibly strong early, independent films, films not entirely dissimilar from the movie made by the old guard of New Hollywood; Lucas, Spielberg et al. They both went from micro budgeted indy flicks with hugely high concepts to massive block busters with unimaginable budgets. Both director acquitted themselves admirably in the new arena of major league filmmaking and, in the latter case, crafted a film that went on to dominate the global box office. So I have nothing but confidence in these two directors.

The same can be said of Rian Johnson, writer and director of Star Wars Episode VIII, although I feel he has established himself as a film maker capable of moving between genres and production scale with ease.

I feel that Kathleen Kennedy is ushering in new generation of talent and of film making that honours the tradition, and the movies of the time this particular series of films was sired. 

The bright future of Star Wars is in the right hands…

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