Having waited a little while, allowing ample time for the Irish whiskey to course through my veins, I can now pass along the news that Collin Trevorrow, director of Jurassic World, has been officially confirmed to direct the untitled Star Wars: Episode IX, confirming a report prior to Comic-Con from Heroic Hollywood‘s Umberto Gonzalez. For reasons beyond my comprehension, Jurassic World is the third highest grossing movie of all-time, and has leveraged that success into the coveted Star Wars gig. Of course, the film isn’t slated to come out until 2019, so whether your elated or dejected, remember, a lot can change between now and then — just ask Josh Trank.
It’s far too early to get excited or angry because, after all, nobody has yet to see The Force Awakens. We’re still in the dark on the new direction that Star Wars is taking, and though the trailers have been impressive, The Phantom Menace had some pretty kick-ass trailers, too. Looper Director Rian Johnson is already tapped for Episode VIII, and now Trevorrow is next in line.
But more than anything, this feels like the first board room hire for the revamped Lucasfilm. While I’m not exactly a J.J. Abrams fan, he’s proven himself at being very good at reviving franchises, as he did with Mission: Impossible and Star Trek. Rian Johnson has proven himself a fascinating filmmaker who hasn’t had a major blockbuster. Meanwhile, Trevorrow’s Safety Not Guaranteed is an enjoyable, albeit forgettable, film, and I personally loathed Jurassic World. But as a small glimmer of hope, maybe Trevorrow will be kept away from scripting duties, as rumors have circulated that Kathleen Kennedy and the Lucasfilm brain trust limited Abrams’ role in scripting The Force Awakens. At present, Trevorrow is on board for Episode IX. Now where’s the rest of that whiskey?
Here’s the entire press release:
STAR WARS EPISODE IX DIRECTOR ANNOUNCED
ANAHEIM, CALIF. (August 15, 2015)—Today at D23, Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn announced that writer-director Colin Trevorrow will direct Star Wars: Episode IX, which is set for release in 2019.
While production won’t begin for a few years, Trevorrow is heading to Lucasfilm this year to begin working with artists and his fellow Star Wars directors. “Colin is someone I’ve been interested in working with ever since I saw ‘Safety Not Guaranteed,’” says Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. “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 states, “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.”
Star Wars: Episode IX will conclude the third trilogy of Star Wars movies that begins with Star Wars: The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015.