Colin Trevorrow’s new film “The Book of Henry” is getting slammed by critics, with it now at 25% on Rotten Tomatoes. As a result, there’s already plenty of think pieces up expressing concern about his work on “Star Wars: Episode IX” which hasn’t begun shooting yet.
Trevorrow though is taking the criticism in his stride on social media and is ignoring it for now to put his focus towards making the best “Star Wars” film he can. Speaking with Happy Sad Confused he reveals that in order to do that, he had to ask “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” writer/director Rian Johnson to add ‘one extra thing’ to the film – not unlike the way Johnson asked ‘Force Awakens’ director J.J. Abrams to do a similar small tweak:
“There was one little thing. It wasn’t an adjustment, it was just ‘Could you shoot this one extra thing while you’re in this place on this day?’ And he did, which was great. But, y’know, it’s part of the collaborative process that exists – everyone is in communication.
There’s such a genuine want to get this right from everybody, and I think that one of the misconceptions is that there’s some kind of great corporate overlord that is dictating this story to everybody, and that’s what it’s going to be because that’s going to sell the most toys.
The reality of it is that it’s a small group of people, but it’s actually, y’know, kind of large when you think about it – and none of them are corporate, all of them are creatives and all of them are genuinely, very sincerely, wanting to do the work of their lives in order to realize this.”
The quotes follow in the wake of Mark Hamill having to explain a quote he made which seemed to suggest he and Johnson fundamentally disagreed with how to approach his character whilst filming ‘Last Jedi’.
“Star Wars: Episode IX” arrives in cinemas on May 24th 2019.