Colin Trevorrow became the latest director to part ways with a "Star Wars" project, months after Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired from the "Star Wars" Han Solo spinoff. "We wish the best to Colin and will share very soon new information on the film".
And there was Trevorrow, fresh off the monster success that was "Jurassic World".
With Colin Trevorrow no longer directing Star Wars: Episode IX, everyone has begun speculating like insane about who could take over.
Being hired by Lucasfilm to direct a Star Wars movie isn't the Hollywood equivalent of being named the new drummer for Spinal Tap, but it's heading there. The eighth chapter, The Last Jedi, directed by Rian Johnson, is scheduled for release by Disney on Dec 15.
A list of directors who've come and gone through the Star Wars universe, all signed because they were reasonably young and hip, most with blockbusters under their belt, and all canned when their new-era vibe crashed into Lucasfilm's (let's be honest, well-established and reasonably successful) plans. Is it the failure of The Book of Henry to blame? Creative control for directors extends only so far when the stakes are this high - Star Wars generates billions of dollars in revenue through movie tickets, DVDs, video games and merchandise sales.
If one expects a firm footing the Last of The Jedi, this is for several reasons: first, because it is Star Wars and that one has no choice, it is programmed for it.
Where as they've fired Trevorrow already and the film will start shooting in 2018. However, director Rian Johnson reveals the answer has been right in front of us the entire time - or at least since December 2015. There's always wiggle room in these movies - everything is from a certain point of view - but coming into our story, he is the actual last of the Jedi.
RON HOWARD - When trouble began on the set of Han Solo, Lucasfilm tapped him to take over and right the ship. But I also said, 'Can I think about it?' After Looper, I had been approached with other franchise stuff and gotten used to saying no, and I knew this would mean so much to me - the worst thing I can imagine is having a bad experience making a Star Wars movie.