Colin Trevorrow Was Fired from Star Wars Episode IX for Being 'Difficult' and 'Egotistical'
Posted 2017/09/09 1399 0
A new report sheds more light on Trevorrow’s departure.
The biggest news of the week, and likely the month, was the departure of “Jurassic World” director Colin Trevorrow from the helm of “Star Wars Episode IX”. Trevorrow was hired for the gig a few years ago, but has now departed several months before filming is set to begin. Like its separation with Han Solo directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, Lucasfilm explained that it had decided to end its collaboration with the Jurassic World director because of creative differences. Now, Vulture has gotten words a top Hollywood movie insider who spoke anonymously and alleged that Trevorrow is, in fact, “difficult” to work with. This insider claimed to be very familiar with production on two of Trevorrow's projects, 2015's Jurassic World and 2017's The Book of Henry.
“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. When the reviews for Book of Henry came out, there was immediately conjecture that Kathy was going to dump him because they weren’t thrilled with working with him anyway. He’s a difficult guy. He’s really, really, really confident. Let’s call it that.”
Later in the article, Vulture quotes a movie producer who has worked with Kathleen Kennedy who said that guys like Colin Trevorrow become too arrogant after achieving success and don’t realize that Kennedy is looking for people who will play by the rules.
“There’s one gatekeeper when it comes to Star Wars and it’s Kathleen Kennedy. If you rub Kathleen Kennedy the wrong way – in any way – you’re out. You’re done. A lot of these young, new directors want to come in and say, ‘I want to do this. I want to do that.’ A lot of these guys – Lord and Miller, Colin Trevorrow – got very rich, very fast and believed a lot of their own hype. And they don’t want to play by the rules. They want to do s–t differently. And Kathleen Kennedy isn’t going to f–k around with that.”
This year has been a hard year for Lucasfilm. The studio was already under a lot of scrutiny after it decided to let go of Lord and Miller back and June, and this new stint with Trevorrow offers no relief. Hopefully the studio will be able to find a suitable director to replace Trevorrow and continue work on Episode IX.
Star Wars: Episode IX premieres on May 24, 2019.