The world of rotating directors continues at Lucasfilm. Weeks after Ron Howard was brought on to direct the untitled Han Solo movie, it seems that Star Wars: Episode IX is going through a major change. Colin Trevorrow has parted ways with Lucasfilm, as provided in a statement:
Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX. 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. We wish Colin the best and will be sharing more information about the film soon.
The internet has been pushing the speculation based on the previous film, The Book of Henry, as the source of the unhappiness. This would prove to be silly because Ron Howard was brought in to direct the Han Solo movie and when was his last major hit?
It could simply have issues due to the script and the direction of the final film. Trevorrow did say that Princess Leia had a pivotal role in the final film prior to Carrie Fisher’s death. Since news came out that they would not use images of Fisher in the final film, it would have had to cause for a major rewrite of the script.
Recently, Jack Thorne was brought in to work on the script. Much like the other changes in the production teams, it was most likely due to tones that Lucasfilm wanted to achieve versus what the filmmakers want.
Marvel used to go through many director changes prior to production, as have Warner Bros. in the DC Cinematic Universe. Lucasfilm should not be too much different. Studios have major money invested in these properties and no one wants another Fantastic Four movie.