With J.J. Abrams on board as director, Episode IX has been pushed back to December 20, 2019. Looks like the Han Solo movie will remain the only post-Disney Star Wars film to release in May… At least for the moment.
Last week, Lucasfilm announced that they had parted ways with original IX director Colin Trevorrow. Abrams’ name was being thrown around, along with The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, but he was considered the longer shot… Jokes on us, I suppose.
UPDATE: Deadline reports that Johnson was offered the slot, but declined.
The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson is in Japan talking up Star Wars, and at a press conference he said the movie is all but finished, with “only a few days left of work.” He also announced that Joseph Gordon-Levitt has a voice cameo as an alien.
Vulture reports on why Colin Trevorrow left Episode IX – per “speculation from a ranking Hollywood movie insider with direct knowledge of the productions on both The Book of Henry and Jurassic World” – that the director’s ego might have gotten in the way. Basically – do not mess with Kathleen Kennedy.
“When the reviews for Book of Henry came out, there was immediately conjecture that Kathy was going to dump him because they weren’t thrilled with working with him anyway,” the executive continues. “He’s a difficult guy. He’s really, really, really confident. Let’s call it that.”
Previous reports claimed script issues were at the source of the split.
Lucasfilm and director Colin Trevorrow have “mutually chosen to part ways” on the third installment of the sequel trilogy, Lucasfilm announced today.