Lucasfilm has announced today that they have parted with director Colin Trevorrow for Star Wars 9.
A statement was posted on the Star Wars website:
Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX. Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ. We wish Colin the best and will be sharing more information about the film soon.
If you remember this summer, The Book of Henry flopped and that had many Star Wars fans on edge. I was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt going forward. Lucasfilm cares about their prized property so Kathleen Kennedy had to make a decision. It’s not the first time this year that Kennedy made such a decision. Lucasfilm replaced Phil Lord and Christopher Miller with director Ron Howard on stand-alone Han Solo film. Does Rian Johnson return following Star Wars: The Last Jedi?
Next to Kathryn Bigelow, the biggest female name in the directing business by far is Patty Jenkins without a doubt following this summer’s juggernaut, Wonder Woman. If she weren’t busy with developing Wonder Woman 2, she could easily be at the top of the list for replacements. Another candidate would be Michelle MacLaren. She’s directed The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, and Westworld, to name a few.
The studio should really start to go after female directors because without giving women a chance to succeed, the path becomes harder to do so.