Rian Johnson Star Wars Episode 9

When Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow parted ways with Star Wars: Episode 9, it left a vacant director’s chair for one of Lucasfilm’s biggest and most important movies yet. We offered our own suggestions of who should take over, and one of our choices was Rian Johnson, the director of this year’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the reported frontrunner for the Episode 9 directing job.

But in a new press conference, Johnson implied that he won’t be directing that follow-up after all. Is it back to the drawing board for Lucasfilm? Read Johnson’s comments below.
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Why Colin Trevorrow Left ‘Star Wars: Episode 9’

Why Colin Trevorrow Left Star Wars

Earlier this week, we found out that Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow will no longer direct the third installment in the latest Star Wars trilogy, and now stories are coming out that purports to explain why he and Lucasfilm parted ways. It has to do with his vision for the sequel clashing with that of Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, and if we’ve learned one thing through all of the behind-the-scenes turmoil that company has experienced over the past couple of years, it’s that if you step into battle with Kennedy, you’ve already lost. You just might not know it yet.
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star wars episode 9 release date

On September 5, 2017, we recorded an emergency episode of /Film Daily. Peter Sciretta is joined by Brad Oman and Germain Lussier from io9 to talk about the big news the dropped on Tuesday afternoon: Colin Trevorrow will no longer director Star Wars Episode 9. We tell you what happened, the various reports from behind the scenes that may explain the turn of events, how this may impact the production and May 24, 2019 release of the film, we speculate about who could come on to write and or direct the movie, and discuss the effect these controversies are having on Disney’s Star Wars legacy.

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Colin Trevorrow Leaving Star Wars

Out of nowhere today, Disney and Lucasfilm have announced that Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow will no longer be directing Star Wars: Episode 9 after becoming attached to the film all the way back in 2015. You can read the brief statement from Disney and Lucasfilm announcing the news below.

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Update: Rian Johnson chimed in on Twitter to note that, contrary to the initial report, he did not write the treatment for Star Wars: Episode IX.

We have updated the article accordingly.

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With Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi readying for release this Christmas, development for Colin Trevorrow‘s Star Wars: Episode IX is heating up for a January 2018 production start and a new screenwriter has been hired to polish the work laid by Trevorrow and writing partner Derek Connolly. Below, find out more about the Star Wars Episode 9 writer.

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The Last Jedi extra scene

Director Colin Trevorrow’s latest film, The Book of Henry, spent the past few days being absolutely hammered by critics, sitting at 25% on Rotten Tomatoes at the time of this writing. But the director seems to be taking all of the negative press in stride, tweeting “Be proud of everything you paint, even if Mom doesn’t put it on the fridge.” In the wake of The Book of Henry’s failure in the eyes of critics, many reviewers have expressed concerns about the future of the Star Wars franchise, since Trevorrow will be directing Star Wars: Episode 9, the third film in the new trilogy that began with The Force Awakens.

Meanwhile, it sounds as if Trevorrow – who is also co-writing Episode 9 with his writing partner Derek Connolly – has been hard at work trying to make the best Star Wars film he can. In a new interview, the director revealed that he asked Star Wars: The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson to add “one extra thing” to that movie in order to set up something that will happen in Episode 9. Read about The Last Jedi extra scene below.
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Star Wars Episode 9

I’ll be up front with you right at the top: Star Wars: Episode 9 director Colin Trevorrow doesn’t reveal any breathtaking bombshells about his plans for the Star Wars universe in the interview we examine here. But honestly, how could he divulge plot details when the main saga movie before his, Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi, is itself still shrouded in so much mystery?

Instead, the Jurassic World filmmaker provides a small window into his thought processes for how he’s approaching his portion of this epic sci-fi story, and part of that approach involves – you guessed it! – the reactions of children. (The “you guessed it” thing was a joke. I doubt anyone would have guessed that.)
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Kathleen Kennedy

While the development of new Star Wars films remains shrouded in mystery, fans are certain of at least two things: Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi and Colin Trevorrow’s Episode IX will continue the tale of the Skywalker saga, and anything with “A Star Wars Story” in the title is considered a standalone spinoff film. We’ve been wondering what will happen after Episode IX for a while, and now Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy has given us some insight into what she might have planned beyond 2019.
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Star Wars Celebration 2017

Later this week, I’m heading to Orlando, Florida for Star Wars Celebration 2017, which runs from April 13 to April 16, 2017, at the Orange County Convention Center. Some big Star Wars announcements and reveals are expected to come out of the convention, and we’ll be covering it live. So stay tuned for our coverage beginning Thursday and running through the weekend.

But before we get to that, let’s run down what I think is going to happen (and what I think definitely will not happen). Here are my Star Wars Celebration 2017 predictions.

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