‘Jurassic World’ director Colin Trevorrow has been given the difficult task of directing ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’.
Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn broke the news Saturday during Disney’s D23 Expo, saying of the blockbuster dinosaur sequel,
“This is not a job or an assignment,” Trevorrow said in a statement released in conjunction with the news. “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.”
”Colin is someone I’ve been interested in working with ever since I saw Safety Not Guaranteed,” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in the same release. “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.”
Before making the announcement Horn acknowledged the fact that rumors were circulating about Trevorrow’s involvement with the film as far back as July’s Comic Con in San Diego. Given that J.J. Abrams recently announced that he’d not return for the final film probably gave Horn little choice but to announce Trevorrow. Episode VIII, meanwhile, will be overseen by ‘Brick’ and ‘Looper’ director Rian Johnson, who is also writing that script.