Well, it only took about two-and-a-half years to happen.
Colin Trevorrow, the writer-director behind both the indie sci-fi flick Safety Not Guaranteed and 2015 smash hit Jurassic World, it set to direct 2019’s Star Wars: Episode IX.
Trevorrow was heavily rumoured in early 2013 to be the choice to direct Episode VII. Turns out we were all sort of right: Brad Bird proposed Trevorrow prepare the film for him while he completed Tomorrowland. That didn’t work out, but it did introduce him to Kathleen Kennedy and her husband Frank Marshall; Trevorrow went on to direct Jurassic World for Marshall while Kennedy convinced J.J. Abrams to come on board for VII.
Well, $1.5b later, Trevorrow is now one of the hottest directors in Hollywood. Jurassic World is the third biggest movie of all time, both within North America and worldwide,right behind Avatar and Titanic. Nobody saw that coming, but Trevorrow now looks more than capable of stewarding a blockbuster franchise and giving audiences what they want.
“Colin is someone I’ve been interested in working with ever since I saw Safety Not Guaranteed,” says Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. “The power of that film paired with the enormous success of Jurassic World speaks volumes about his abilities both as a storyteller and skilled filmmaker. We are thrilled to have such an incredible talent as Colin join our family and step into the Star Wars universe.”
Trevorrow states “This is not a job or an assignment. It is a seat at a campfire, surrounded by an extraordinary group of storytellers, filmmakers, artists and craftspeople. We’ve been charged with telling new stories for a younger generation because they deserve what we all had—a mythology to call their own. We will do this by channeling something George Lucas instilled in all of us: boundless creativity, pure invention and hope.”
Trevorrow will start pre-production on Episode IX later this year with production probably beginning in 2017.