One of the biggest news items to drop during San Diego Comic Con was something that wasn't even announced at the event. The reliable folks at Heroic Hollywood spread the word about Colin Trevorrow getting the Episode IX gig, and it looks like we’ve finally heard it from the mouth of the mouse-house itself.
Jurassic World recently toppled The Avengers at the box office, and is currently nearing a worldwide haul of $1.6 billion, something that no 2015 film except Star Wars: The Force Awakens looks likely to beat. Now that Disney has Trevorrow on their team, it seems pretty final that the sequel trilogy will be in keeping with the original films, switching up directors between installments. J.J. Abrams will be contributing to script for Episode VIII, and Rian Johnson, director of the second film, will be pitching in for number IX, so there’s definite assurance of story continuity. Not that there wouldn’t be otherwise, but it’s still good to know how much thought is going in to making this feel like one big story.
Kathleen Kennedy, head of Lucasfilm and the new architect behind the galaxy far, far away, has had her eye on Trevorrow ever since his 2012 indie Safety Not Guaranteed:
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 follows Abrams, Johnson, Gareth Edwards (Rogue One) and Phil Lord & Chris Miller (the young Han Solo prequel) as one of the directors in charge of bringing Star Wars to a new generation. It’s no small task, but he certainly seems to recognize the kind of responsibility placed on his shoulders:
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.
The third film in original trilogy, Return of the Jedi, features C-3PO narrating the events of the first two Star Wars films to a tribe of Ewoks, as they look on in sheer wonder. It’s a fun little scene, but its importance wasn’t entirely clear to me until recently. 3PO is not only telling a story, but giving this culture a mythology to pass down. It occupies the same headspace for them that Star Wars has for so many of us these last four decades, and Trevorrow seems to recognize its importance. The film is still a good four years away, but for the time being, that’s all I can ask for.