9/08/2017

"Unbearable": Details On Colin Trevorrow's 'Star Wars 9' Exit Emerge


We laugh at the shit show that has become Warner Bros. and DC films lately, but let's be honest: Lucasfilm is no great shakes right now, either. Sure, the Star Wars movies are still like printing money but there have been director shake-ups on a massive scale lately, the kind that usually earns studios a negative rep. It started with Josh Trank's unceremonious firing from his Star Wars spinoff, followed by Tony Gilroy reshooting much of Gareth Edwards' Rogue One, then the surprising mid-shoot departure of Phil Lord and Chris Miller from the Han Solo movie. And it continued this week with Colin Trevorrow exiting Star Wars: Episode IX due to "creative differences".

And at the center of it all is, of course, Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy. What's become clear from all of these run-ins is that Kennedy is not someone to be trifled with. Things are different with George Lucas out of the picture, and she's not letting any other director come in and mess things up. Lucas, yes. Anybody else? Hell no. That may have gone double for Trevorrow. According to sources that spoke with Vulture, the relationship between Trevorrow and Kennedy had become "unmanageable", and that the situation got worse because of the director's gigantic ego.

“During the making of ‘Jurassic World,’ he focused a great deal of his creative energies on asserting his opinion. But because he had been personally hired by Spielberg, nobody could say, ‘You’re fired.’ Once that film went through the roof and he chose to do ‘Henry,’ [Trevorrow] was unbearable. He had an egotistical point of view— and he was always asserting that… He’s a difficult guy. He’s really, really, really confident. Let’s call it that”

That comes from a source who reportedly worked with Trevorrow on both Jurassic World and Book of Henry. First of all, if Trevorrow had a big head because of Jurassic World's massive success, the utter failure and relentless panning of 'Henry' should've humbled him. I don't care if he was asserting his opinion or not because, frankly, that's what a director is supposed to do. If he doesn't fight for his vision then nobody else will. That said, when you're a cog in the Star Wars machine it might be good to remember your place. I just hope Kennedy will keep taking gambles on strong, assertive filmmakers because nobody wants a bunch of milquetoast Ron Howard-types playing it safe.