Star Wars: Episode IX: Colin Trevorrow Confirmed to Direct
Trevorrow shepherded “Jurassic World” to becoming the third highest-grossing movie ever, knocking Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” from that spot.
“Colin is someone I’ve been interested in working with ever since I saw ‘Safety Not Guaranteed,’”Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement. “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.”
Trevorrow added, “This is not a job or an assignment. 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.”
As previously announced, Rian Johnson is directing “Star Wars: Episode VIII.” Johnson is known for his work on “Looper” and “The Brothers Bloom.” The film is scheduled for for release on May 26, 2017.
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Disney also announced plans to create two Star Wars-themed lands in its theme parks in Orlando and Anaheim.
Each 14-acre site will include a replica Millennium Falcon which visitors will be able to fly on a “secret mission” and will be designed as an immersive experience featuring characters, shops and other attractions from the Star Wars universe.
“We’re bringing Star Wars to life in a big way,” Disney chairman Bob Iger said.
“These new lands will transport guests to a whole new Star Wars planet. Nothing will be out of character, you’ve never seen a cantina like this before.”
Disney has yet to confirm when the new experiences would be opening, but said they would be “coming soon”.
The day ended with an appearance from Abrams and the cast of The Force Awakens – along with Harrison Ford, who unveiled a new poster for the film featuring himself as Han Solo.
He gave credit to Star Wars creator George Lucas, who was honoured on Friday with a Disney Legends award for his contribution to the corporation.
“I’m very happy following in the footsteps of George Lucas, the author of the early chapters of my story,” he said.
“I’m delighted to be here with JJ [Abrams] and this wonderful cast. It’s a great thrill to be here with you; you have made this whole thing happen. I couldn’t be happier.”
Colin Trevorrow is a good, if safe choice for helming the final chapter of the new trilogy.
Unlike Josh Trank, Trevorrow was able to successfully make the jump from small budget to big budget, and now he’ll have a colossal budget for Star Wars.
Nobody knows how to put on a show quite like the folks at Disney, which somewhat scarily enough, now includes the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Star Wars Universe.