Wow, we’re doing this again already?
Colin Trevorrow is out as the acting director of Disney’s Star Wars Episode IX. The Jurassic World director and Lucasfilm jointly agreed to part ways due to creative differences.
This is not the first time Disney has recently been in the news for conflicting with a director assigned to a Star Wars project: directing duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street, 22 Jump Street, and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs) were terminated from the Han Solo standalone/spin-off film in June because Disney and screenwriter Lawrence Casdan did not agree with and basically hit the reset button and said, “fuck it.”
Personally, I find Disney’s treatment of directors to be quite troubling because it highlights how studio executives remain in creative control of the Star Wars franchise rather than the actual creatives. This has been a problem for Disney for years and was seen in how they constantly warred against cult fan favorite director Edgar Wright’s vision for Ant-Man (he would eventually quit citing “creative differences“), and Disney’s eagerness to cut uncooperative directors loose has understandably led to some negative PR to the point where Disney’s films are now viewed as focus group tested and manufactured assembly line products.
This is problematic because the original Star Wars Trilogy (as in A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi) were the furthest thing from a sure fire success. No, Star Wars was a labor of love, and George Lucas took some serious creative and monetary risk to see his vision on the screen.
Inevitably, modern Hollywood directors that grew up watching the classic Star Wars films would jump at the chance to offer their own unique spin on the series but would butt heads with a company that wants to retread every aspect of the original trilogy except for the creative risk, and these talented filmmakers would sadly either have to put up with the fact that the money men are calling the shots or leave their dream of directing a Star Wars movie on the cutting room floor.
It just doesn’t seem like a good creative environment a new Star Wars film needs and deserves. While I’m not saying that Star Wars Episode IX will be bad (hell, auteur filmmaker Rian Johnson helmed Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi so there is hope), it’s ok to be concerned for the franchise.
We’ll just have to wait and see.