Fired Episode IX Director Cherishes His Short-Lived Star Wars Experience
When Jurassic World became a $1.6 billion-grossing mega-blockbuster, director Colin Trevorrow was scooped up by the Star Wars franchise in spite of his relative inexperience (Jurassic World was only his second feature film). With the Episode IX directing gig in his back pocket, the director took a surprising low budget detour and made one of 2017’s worst-reviewed films: The Book of Henry. Lucasfilm indirectly used this flop as an excuse to fire Trevorrow, but the rumour mill suggested there was significant tension behind-the-scenes—on both Episode IX and Jurassic World.
“During the making of Jurassic World, he focused a great deal of his creative energies on asserting his opinion,” an unnamed executive said of Trevorrow. “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.”
In spite of this apparent bad blood, Trevorrow claims he had a positive experience on Episode IX. “I got the opportunity to tell a story that is a celebration of everything I believe in,” he told Empire. “I got to tell it to George Lucas and I got to tell it to Luke Skywalker, and those are experiences I will cherish for the rest of my life.”
Whether you believe Trevorrow or not, his Star Wars experience prevented him from directing the sequel to Jurassic World, though he’ll be back for the next instalment. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom arrives in theatres on June 22. Check out the trailer below.