Star Wars Producer Explains Why She Fired The Director Of Episode IX

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Coming off the massive global success of Jurassic World, Colin Trevorrow landed the opportunity to direct one of the few movies with the potential to outperform that blockbuster: Episode IX of the Star Wars series. While many rumours have circulated about the reason he was later ousted from that project—most perplexingly, he tried to squeeze in a terrible indie movie (The Book of Henry) between Jurassic World and Episode IX—Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has kept relatively quiet about this subject. However, that changed earlier this month when she sat down for an interview with io9.

“I wouldn’t say it didn’t work,” she said of the short-lived collaboration. “Colin was at a huge disadvantage not having been a part of Force Awakens and in part of those early conversations because we had a general sense of where the story was going. Like any development process, it was only in the development that we’re looking at a first draft and realizing that it was perhaps heading in a direction that many of us didn’t feel was really quite where we wanted it to go. And we were on a schedule, as we often are with these movies, and had to make a tough decision as to whether or not we thought we could get there in the time or not. And as I said, Colin was at a disadvantage because he hadn’t been immersed in everything that we all had starting out with Episode VII.”

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