2015 is loaded with franchise reboots and sequels, but it's safe to say that few will achieve the commercial success of Jurassic World. Over the course of just a few weeks, the film has catapulted towards the top of the all-time box office charts, leading some to question just how high on that list it will soar.
Naturally, Universal is keen on developing a follow-up to the film, but director Colin Trevorrow has already stated he will not return for a Jurassic World sequel. We may now know why he won't be available for another trip to Isla Nublar.
Heroic Hollywood is reporting that Lucasfilm will announce Trevorrow as the director of Star Wars: Episode IX during the Lucasfilm panel at the 2015 Comic-Con International in San Diego. If true, Trevorrow will follow directors J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson, who are handling directing duties on Episodes VII and VIII, respectively. At this point, little is known about Episode IX, though it is expected to round out the next Star Wars trilogy and be released in 2019.
[UPDATE: HH is now reporting that Trevorrow will NOT be brought onstage during the Lucasfilm SDCC 2015 panel.]
Those with long memories will recall - this isn't the first time Trevorrow's been rumored to direct a Star Wars movie, either. However, those previous claims about him being in line to helm Episode VII (now officially titled Star Wars: The Force Awakens) stemmed from his involvement with Disney's Flight of the Navigator remake - a project Trevorrow's no longer working on.
Until an official announcement is made, best to consider Trevorrow's involvement with Episode IX to be a rumor. However, it is a smart business move - especially in light of Jurassic World's monstrous box office performance - for Lucasfilm to select Trevorrow for such an important film in the franchise, as he has proved himself capable of handling big-budget effects work and delivering a fresh take on a beloved franchise.
In discussing his departure from the Jurassic Park franchise, Trevorrow even compared that series to Star Wars in that different directors could come in and put their interpretation on the established world. Perhaps that was a clue that he was already in talks with Lucasfilm about taking on a Star Wars film, at that point. A Trevorrow-helmed Star Wars movie could indeed be different than, say, a Rian Johnson one or the grittier war thriller approach that Gareth Edwards is taking to the spinoff/Anthology film, Star Wars: Rogue One.
That being said, here is what Trevorrow told MTV, just a month ago (at the time of writing this), about him taking on another franchise like Star Wars right after Jurassic World:
I feel like, at this moment, my head is in a space where I just want at least one… I want to go make an original movie. It’s all very personal, but I want to define myself a little bit more as a filmmaker and hone my craft.
Bearing that in mind, Episode IX is still a good three to four years away, so that would allow Trevorrow the time to go off and hone his craft with an original film, before traveling to a galaxy far, far away. So, since we're talking about it now either way: do you think Trevorrow is a good choice for a Star Wars film, in general?
Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18, 2015, followed by Star Wars: Rogue One on December 16, 2016, Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26th, 2017, and the Han Solo Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX does not have an official release date yet.
Source: Heroic Hollywood