With the exception of the two saga entries, all the other “Star Wars” films of the new era have seen their originally hired directors replaced.
“Rogue One” saw Gareth Edwards sidelined so Tony Gilroy could come in and rework a bunch of it (though Edwards’ name remained on the tin). “Solo” saw Phil Lord and Chris Miller fired three weeks from wrapping filming and replaced by Ron Howard who reshot much of it.
Then there’s Colin Trevorrow, who didn’t get beyond the writing stage of the next saga before he was dismissed by Lucasfilm – or rather they: “mutually [chose] to part ways” according to the press release. Trevorrow, now starting to do his first press for the “Jurassic World” sequel which he co-wrote, has finally broken his silence about being let go. He tells Empire:
“I don’t want to talk too much about it because I don’t want to affect the way that fans get to see these films. When we were kids, these movies came to us from far away. They were a gift. And the more we talk about how they’re made, the more it reveals that they’re just movies. But they’re not just movies, they’re more than that. Beyond that, I got the opportunity to tell a story that is a celebration of everything I believe in, I got to tell it to George Lucas and I got to tell it to Luke Skywalker, and those are experiences I will cherish for the rest of my life.”
Trevorrow wrote a screenplay for the movie alongside his regular collaborator Derek Connolly, with Jack Thorne penning a subsequent rewrite. All of that work was scrapped with J.J. Abrams and Chris Terrio now at work on the next script, while Trevorrow is planning the third “Jurassic World” film.