Since Disney purchased Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise back in 2012, making the follow-ups to the original trilogy has proven to be difficult. Changes in directors and writers along with the unfortunate death of one beloved cast member caused the final movie in the new trilogy to be altered again and again.
Colin Trevorrow was at the helm of Star Wars Episode IX as both director and co-writer. Screenrant has put together the pieces of his vision for the final movie in the trilogy. The rumored version of Trevorrow’s Episode IX would have included Luke Skywalker and Supreme General Snoke rather than having them both killed off in Episode VIII. Princess Leia was also set to be the central character of the film.
Trevorrow’s work on Episode IX started in August 2015, just months after his film Jurassic World broke box office records. He would direct Episode IX and co-write the script with previous collaborator Derek Connolly while J.J. Abrams finished work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rian Johnson worked on The Last Jedi. Production took a turn for the worse when Carrie Fisher passed away in December 2016. Her death caused a change in the script, and after multiple drafts, Trevorrow and Disney announced his departure from the movie in September 2017.
The official reason from Lucasfilm regarding Trevorrow leaving the film production was a difference in creative visions between the two. Days after his removal, Vulture reported Trevorrow’s firing could have been due to a lackluster showing of his movie The Book of Henry, which released months prior. Another theory was that the success of Jurassic World had made him “unmanageable” for the Lucasfilm executives.
A week after Trevorrow’s departure, Lucasfilm announced J..J. Abrams would return to the franchise to direct Episode IX. The movie is scheduled for release on Dec. 20, 2019.
Trevorrow was the second, or rather third, director to be fired from the newest Star Wars movies. Phil Lord and Chris Miller received the boot from the Solo: A Star Wars Story just a few months before Trevorrow. They will, however, receive an executive producer credit for their work on the movie when it is released next month.