The biggest news of the week, and likely the month, was the departure of “Jurassic World” director Colin Trevorrow from the helm of “Star Wars Episode IX”. Trevorrow was hired for the gig a few years ago, but has now departed several months before filming is set to begin.
The incident is the latest in a notable trend at Lucasfilm following the firing of Phil Lord and Chris Miller amidst the filming of “Han Solo,” the extensive reshoots of Gareth Edwards’ “Rogue One” by another helmer, and the letting go of Josh Trank early in the development of another spin-off.
A new interview with Vulture with an anonymous insider in Lucasfilm confirms what we all expect – don’t mess with Kathleen Kennedy.
“There’s one gatekeeper when it comes to Star Wars and it’s Kathleen Kennedy. If you rub Kathleen Kennedy the wrong way – in any way – you’re out. You’re done. A lot of these young, new directors want to come in and say, ‘I want to do this. I want to do that.’ A lot of these guys – Lord and Miller, Colin Trevorrow – got very rich, very fast and believed a lot of their own hype. And they don’t want to play by the rules. They want to do s–t differently. And Kathleen Kennedy isn’t going to f–k around with that.”
Trevorrow’s departure, in particular, is said to be due to creative differences on the script, with the trades saying the relationship between the director and Kennedy had become unmanageable. The source now backs that up:
“During the making of ‘Jurassic World,’ he focused a great deal of his creative energies on asserting his opinion. But because he had been personally hired by Spielberg, nobody could say, ‘You’re fired.’ Once that film went through the roof and he chose to do ‘Henry,’ [Trevorrow] was unbearable. He had an egotistical point of view – and he was always asserting that… He’s a difficult guy. He’s really, really, really confident. Let’s call it that.”
This talk though leads to the obvious question – with so much churn in terms of directorial hirings, and an obvious and serious level of oversight, why would a talented filmmaker with any edge want to play in the “Star Wars” pit?
We may find out when Rian Johnson, the only director other than J.J. Abrams to seemingly have no real difficulties with his “Star Wars” production, releases his film “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” in cinemas this December.