In the wake of the bad reviews for “The Book of Henry” earlier this Summer, the film’s director Colin Trevorrow came under criticism and fire as fans have grown concerned about how he’ll go helming “Star Wars: Episode IX”.
In a new interview with THR, Trevorrow defends his hiring saying:
“Not only did I grow up on these stories, like all of us did, [but] I think that the values of Star Wars are values that I hold very close and very dear in my life. I feel that the message of the way that the Force teaches you to treat other people and show respect for others, and the way it guides you through life, is really important to me. And I hope everybody would realize that that set of stories has affected me as deeply in my life as it has affected them.
I think the challenge for me is to recognize that everyone has their own personal relationship with these stories, and it’s different depending on who you are. And I need to make a film that you’ll appreciate, even if your experience with it was different, which is making something that will be deeply emotionally resonant and satisfying for people all around the world. And I think about it a lot.”
Trevorrow goes on to say that film is very much a team effort and that many fans make assumptions about a level of control which just isn’t there:
“There tends to be a lot of assumptions made about control, but the reality is, it’s a collaboration. It’s not me locked in a room with the producers trying to get in and me saying, ‘I’m making my decisions!’ It is a much more collaborative process. I think that except for very, very rare circumstances, there is no such thing as final cut anymore.
And I think the best-case scenario for any film is that the producer and the writer and the director are all on the same page and making the same movie. I’ve been fortunate enough in all the films that I’ve made so far that we haven’t had internal conflicts, as far as the movie that we were making. That can happen, and I know that’s frustrating for all involved when it does That’s not a situation I’m involved in.”
The comments come as “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” director Rian Johnson has shot down reports and rumors this week such as one which suggested Benicio del Toro’s role is Ezra Bridger from “Star Wars Rebels”.
Finally, director Ron Howard has shared a photo featuring Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca.