Trevorrow On “Star Wars” Petition, Collaboration

His indie debut feature “Safety Not Guaranteed” was well received which led to filmmaker Colin Trevorrow making the quick jump to blockbusters with “Jurassic World”. Box-office wise the film has been nothing but a stellar success around the world – breaking records everywhere until “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” came along.

Critical reaction on the other hand was much more mixed. Some critics didn’t mind it, but others hated it with a passion to the point that when Trevorrow was hired for “Star Wars: Episode IX” there was reluctance from some corners regarding his landing the gig. It got to the point that a petition sprung up online asking for George Lucas to return and take over the film.

Trevorrow though isn’t letting the negativity impact him. The filmmaker spoke with Entertainment Tonight this past weekend with the outlet asking him if he had seen the petition. He responded in the best possible way:

“It’s funny, I saw that, and it was on a day where I was at LucasFilm giving this big speech to everyone about how we want to channel the invention and just the raw creativity and the boldness that George brought to these films and not being afraid that we’re going to embarrass ourselves by doing something that might be crazy.

When George Lucas made Star Wars, a lot of people thought it was crazy. When you try to pitch what that movie’s about – if you’ve never heard of Star Wars before, you say, ‘Here’s a character. His father’s part robot, but he can also do magic. And there’s a guy who can fly in a spaceship. He’s got a dog for a friend!’ — it sounds insane. But it’s the greatest story ever told. I just want to embrace that kind of invention and creativity that he brought to it.”

Trevorrow has also spoken about his collaboration with Rian Johnson, the director of “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” and how the pair are working together to make sure continuity and consistency across their stories and characters:

“A story must evolve or perish, and Rian and I are working closely together to make sure our stories build off of each other and continue to evolve and take us to new places, and I think that’s what the fans expect and what they want.”

Trevorrow’s “Star Wars: Episode IX” is still several years away with filming likely to take place in early 2018 for a May 2019 release.