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posted by Fnord666 on Wednesday September 06, @08:58PM   Printer-friendly
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Filmmaker Colin Trevorrow will not direct Star Wars: Episode IX:

Star Wars: Episode IX needs a new director. Lucasfilm has announced that Jurassic World filmmaker Colin Trevorrow is leaving the project. [...] Playwright Jack Thorne, best known for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, was recently hired to do a comprehensive rewrite of the Episode IX script by Trevorrow and his Safety Not Guaranteed co-screenwriter Derek Connolly.

While the nature of the disagreement with Lucasfilm isn't clear, there have been rumblings of discontent for several months. During that time, Trevorrow also suffered withering reviews for his passion project, The Book of Henry, which was a critical and commercial calamity.

Although Lucasfilm's new movies have found immense success at the box office and with audiences and critics, the process of working with directors on the new saga and spin-offs has occasionally been fraught. Chronicle filmmaker Josh Trank was set to direct an unspecified stand-alone movie (believed to be a Boba Fett project) before parting ways amid chaos on the recent Fantastic Four movie. And The LEGO Movie directors Phil Miller and Chris Lord were removed from the young Han Solo film and replaced with veteran Ron Howard amid disputes over the state of that project.

Star Wars IX was planned for release on May 24, 2019. Star Wars: The Last Jedi comes out on December 15, 2017.

Also at The Hollywood Reporter (discussion). Lucasfilm statement.

Safety Not Guaranteed or Steins;Gate?


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Meet the New Star Wars IX Director: J. J. Abrams 39 comments

It was announced last week that Colin Trevorrow will no longer direct Star Wars: Episode IX. In finding his replacement, Lucasfilm turned to a familiar face... J. J. Abrams:

J.J. Abrams, who launched a new era of Star Wars with The Force Awakens in 2015, is returning to complete the sequel trilogy as writer and director of Star Wars: Episode IX. Abrams will co-write the film with Chris Terrio. Star Wars: Episode IX will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Abrams, Bad Robot, and Lucasfilm.

The release date has been moved from May 24, 2019 to December 20, 2019.

Also at Entertainment Tonight. Here's another article about Trevorrow's firing.


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  • (Score: -1, Spam) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 06, @09:01PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 06, @09:01PM (#564261)

    Yeah so Dick Niggers.

    You know we never fuck no old pussy.

    We fuck a whole lotta young pussy.

    Dick Niggers gonna show ya the force of the black side.

  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Gaaark on Wednesday September 06, @09:01PM (8 children)

    by Gaaark (41) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday September 06, @09:01PM (#564262) Homepage Journal

    Just. Don't. Care.

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    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by wonkey_monkey on Wednesday September 06, @09:54PM (4 children)

      by wonkey_monkey (279) on Wednesday September 06, @09:54PM (#564290) Homepage

      Cared enough to comment, for some reason.

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      • (Score: 2) by Gaaark on Wednesday September 06, @11:26PM (1 child)

        by Gaaark (41) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday September 06, @11:26PM (#564330) Homepage Journal

        You cared enough to say nothing as well!
        ;)

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 06, @11:39PM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 06, @11:39PM (#564333)

        I think you'd be shocked how much of their lives some people devote to things they don't like....

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 06, @11:44PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 06, @11:44PM (#564335)

          Just think how many people are married!

    • (Score: 4, Funny) by DECbot on Wednesday September 06, @09:57PM (2 children)

      by DECbot (832) on Wednesday September 06, @09:57PM (#564292) Journal

      Please not George Lucas... Please not George Lucas... Please not George Lucas... Please not George Lucas...

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      • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 07, @12:05AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 07, @12:05AM (#564338)

        Would you rather have Jar Jar Abrams?

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 07, @01:30AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 07, @01:30AM (#564364)

        He is actually a decent director and producer. He just can not write worth a shit....

  • (Score: 4, Funny) by fustakrakich on Wednesday September 06, @09:04PM (8 children)

    by fustakrakich (6150) on Wednesday September 06, @09:04PM (#564267) Journal

    But this franchise has a higher turnover than the president's cabinet.

    • (Score: 4, Informative) by bob_super on Wednesday September 06, @09:25PM (4 children)

      by bob_super (1357) on Wednesday September 06, @09:25PM (#564277)

      Clearly, Leia was unfit to rule, because she was a weak senator and the Empire hacked her communications.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 07, @12:30AM (3 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 07, @12:30AM (#564343)

        Don't tell me, you'd rather vote for a Wookie.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 07, @12:44AM (1 child)

          by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 07, @12:44AM (#564350)

          Big, hairy (almost fits), loud and unintelligible. All check, I think we already accomplished this :D

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 07, @03:03AM

            by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 07, @03:03AM (#564392)

            Well, fine, while both of you are wasting your votes on the two puppets of the 1%ers on Coruscant, I'm voting for Karellen [wikia.com]. Morn's his running mate. You should have heard Morn in the cantina the other day! What a personality!

        • (Score: 3, Funny) by kazzie on Thursday September 07, @09:49AM

          by kazzie (5309) Subscriber Badge on Thursday September 07, @09:49AM (#564498)

          I suggest a new strategy. Let the Wookiee win.

    • (Score: 3, Offtopic) by c0lo on Wednesday September 06, @09:32PM (1 child)

      by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday September 06, @09:32PM (#564278)

      But this franchise has a higher turnover than the president's cabinet.

      Give president's cabinet some time, it's not as old as the StarWars franchise and yet shows good promise in its first year.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 06, @10:22PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 06, @10:22PM (#564302)

        I would gladly eat some star wars promotional fast food than an orange as old at the scrotus. I guess he rotates in new stock pretty often so as long as you avoid the blackmold core you should be fine.

    • (Score: 3, Funny) by DannyB on Wednesday September 06, @09:56PM

      by DannyB (5839) on Wednesday September 06, @09:56PM (#564291)

      Queen Amidala: Our people are dying, Senator. We must do something quickly to stop the Republicans.

      Senator Palpatine: To be realistic, your Majesty. I think we are going to have to accept Russian control for the time being.

      Queen Amidala: That is something I cannot do.

      Senator Palpatine: But your Majesty, be realistic. They'll force you to sign the treaty.

      Queen Amidala: It is clear to me now that the Republic no longer functions. I pray you will bring sanity and compassion back to the Senate.

      Qui-Gon Jinn: Your Highness, under the circumstances, I suggest you come to Coruscant with us.

      Queen Amidala: How did you end up here with us?

      Jar Jar Binks: Meesa, thinks a weesa should give Trump emergency powers!

  • (Score: 5, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 06, @09:11PM (11 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 06, @09:11PM (#564270)

    The prequels were bad enough, but now Disney is just doing a cash grab and following the current trend of hitting people's nostalgia buttons. That trend was pretty much over when ep7 landed, and that movie paired with their marketing Armageddon paved over the grave of nostalgia with solid gold.

    I have a feeling that these directors came on board with lofty ideas about making Star Wars exciting again, but then the market droids hammered them into compliance.

    This century will be a wonderful source of rationale about why copyright is an archaic and counter productive system. "But how will someone get paaaaid???" Evolve you trolls! Humanity has reached a turning point, we have the resources and ability to lift humanity up. So will we improve our species as a whole? Or will we continue down this privatized road of haves and have nots?

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 06, @09:21PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 06, @09:21PM (#564275)

      Humanity has reached a turning point, we have the resources and ability to lift humanity up. So will we improve our species as a whole? Or will we continue down this privatized road of haves and have nots?

      +1, Like!, :thumbs_up:

    • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 06, @10:26PM (5 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 06, @10:26PM (#564303)

      The prequels were bad enough, but now Disney is just doing a cash grab and following the current trend of hitting people's nostalgia buttons.

      Yes. How dare they give people what they actually want? People should be made to suffer through movies because... reasons!

      That trend was pretty much over when ep7 landed, and that movie paired with their marketing Armageddon paved over the grave of nostalgia with solid gold.

      In my mind, they did what they needed to with Episode 7. Specifically, they made a very vanilla, derivative, "let's do Star Wars: A New Hope all over again" story. They had to. The prequels had jaded people too much and made it clear that clear that Star Wars had lost its way. They needed to do a very by-the-book predictable story to prove they understood the franchise, such that when they started taking risks (such as "Rogue One") people would know it was an artistic choice rather than incompetence.

      As the saying goes, "Only Nixon could have gone to China." Only after Disney proved they have geek-credentials can they start pushing boundaries with Star Wars.

      • (Score: 4, Interesting) by Phoenix666 on Wednesday September 06, @10:35PM (4 children)

        by Phoenix666 (552) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday September 06, @10:35PM (#564307) Journal

        Force Awakens was weak. They couldn't even come up with an original origin planet. "Look, it's Tatooine, but with a giant crashed star destroyer on it!" And speaking of said crashed star destroyer, clearly it makes much more sense to build a tiny hut and shelters with scraps of cloth stretched between a couple of poles, and drag heavy crates of parts back and forth from the wreck, than to live in the wreck and have all the parts be right there. And we're supposed to believe that the morons who do that are capable of space travel.

        Even the villain Kylo Ren was a pussy. When Darth Vader first came on scene in the original it scared the crap out of you. Kylo Ren was a simpering teenager.

        They needed to do so much more to revive the franchise. They should have hired Steven Moffat to write the script, and del Torro or Peter Jackson to direct it. They could have built the spine of a revitalized universe with an infinite number of spin-offs and merchandizing opportunities.

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        • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 06, @11:38PM (1 child)

          by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 06, @11:38PM (#564332)

          Peter Jackson would be awful. He would have stretched the prequels into three movies even though there was really only enough material for one.

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 07, @12:23PM

            by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 07, @12:23PM (#564522)

            You are telling us there's material for only one 2 hour movie in lord of the rings or hobit?

        • (Score: 4, Interesting) by Mykl on Thursday September 07, @01:21AM (1 child)

          by Mykl (1112) on Thursday September 07, @01:21AM (#564362)

          I enjoyed The Force Awakens. I agree that the script was not Oscar-worthy, however I think you'll find that's true of A New Hope as well.

          It was a little disappointing that there was yet another Death Star to destroy, but it didn't seem to be a problem for everyone that 2/3 of the original trilogy involved destroying Death Stars. As parent says, demonstrating that this won't be as bad as Eps 1-3 was important if they were going to win back the public's trust.

          Here are some things that I don't want to see in Eps 8 and 9:

          • Jar Jar
          • Midichlorians
          • Rastafarian aliens
          • Virgin Births
          • Stupid characters destined to be kids toys who win by being clumsy
          • Horrible wooden love scenes
          • Say "I wonder what this button does" and press a random button in ship's cockpit to destroy the enemy command and control center and shut down an entire droid army in one hit, ignoring the fact that a signal jammer would effectively produce an identical result and would therefore show a single C&C as being completely unworkable from the start
          • Discovering that, far from being an out-of-the-way backwater, Tattooine is in fact in the middle of the galaxy and is a convenient waypoint from anywhere to anywhere else (it's bad enough that it has to appear in RotJ, but all 3 of the prequels?)
          • Having super-smart people actually be as dumb as rocks (seriously, if a star is missing from a chart, but all other signs point to a star being there, and you're told a star is there, is it not just possible that the map has been altered?)
          • Hiding a child in the single most obvious place ever (with their only known relative, whose name and exact location is known by the person who you're trying to hide them from)
          • Claiming that standing on a hill slightly higher than your opponent means you'll win any fight, despite the fact that this hasn't mattered at any other point in the fight until then
          • Having your 'evil' meter go from 10% to 100% in moments ("oh, you accidentally contributed to Mace Windu's death. Now you're my bitch and must do what I say. Go and murder dozens of children immediately!")
          • Making a side character that people happen to like in the original trilogy end up being caught up in totally unrelated, yet galaxy-changing events like, oh say, the creation of an entire clone army

          OK, I think I'm done.

          • (Score: 1) by Kawumpa on Friday September 08, @07:04AM

            by Kawumpa (1187) on Friday September 08, @07:04AM (#564969)

            I agree that the script was not Oscar-worthy, however I think you'll find that's true of A New Hope as well.

            That is not too surprising considering that it's basically the same script.

    • (Score: 2) by Phoenix666 on Wednesday September 06, @10:27PM

      by Phoenix666 (552) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday September 06, @10:27PM (#564304) Journal

      I saw the two new ones a couple days ago on the condition that they were pirated and Disney wouldn't see a dime. Glad I did that. The Force Awakens was remarkably bad. Each scene was barely strung together with the next. JJ Abrams should be ashamed. It is only in contrast to the prequels that anyone could consider them "good."

      Rogue One was OK, but it wasn't really a Star Wars movie.

      Also, both suffered from a lack of Gungans.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 06, @10:30PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 06, @10:30PM (#564305)

      I would like to cut off two of the more common replies when discussing post-monetary society. a) money will obviously still be around, just much less central to general society and b) people want to be useful and with technological advances we simply don't need every human to be working 8+ hours a day.

      It isn't a flip-of-the-switch transition, but it helps to know where we're trying to get to!

    • (Score: 2) by Phoenix666 on Wednesday September 06, @10:38PM (1 child)

      by Phoenix666 (552) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday September 06, @10:38PM (#564309) Journal

      Humanity has reached a turning point, we have the resources and ability to lift humanity up. So will we improve our species as a whole? Or will we continue down this privatized road of haves and have nots?

      Well, that depends. Are enough people willing to think outside the box and stop playing along with the system that is? Are we willing to countenance other ways to win our material needs and deal with each other?

      I think we can, but we're not gonna get there in one hop and most people will languish for an infinite time rather than change.

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 07, @01:34AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 07, @01:34AM (#564365)

        Are enough people willing to think outside the box and stop playing along with the system that is?
        Ah so blood it is then.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 06, @09:16PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 06, @09:16PM (#564273)

    Then beat it some more, it'll bleed more money. Episodes 1,4,5,6 were good, the rest were Jabba shit.

  • (Score: 2) by tangomargarine on Wednesday September 06, @09:17PM (4 children)

    by tangomargarine (667) on Wednesday September 06, @09:17PM (#564274)

    Star Wars IX was planned for release on May 24, 2019. Star Wars: The Last Jedi comes out on December 15, 2017.

    Also at The Hollywood Reporter (discussion). Lucasfilm statement.

    Safety Not Guaranteed or Steins;Gate?

    What does this last line have to do with anything?

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 06, @09:49PM (3 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 06, @09:49PM (#564285)

      I just wasted too much time trying to figure it out. "Safety Not Guaranteed" was an indie movie directed by Trevorrow, but his name doesn't come up on that anime movie Steins;Gate. Both movies are about time travel, so maybe Takyon is just obsessed with tachyons? Or could be they were microdosing at the time and there is the most tenuous connection between them all?

  • (Score: 5, Interesting) by nobu_the_bard on Wednesday September 06, @09:59PM (3 children)

    by nobu_the_bard (6373) on Wednesday September 06, @09:59PM (#564294)

    I actually thought Rogue One was pretty okay. But it's less of a Star Wars film than a War Movie that happens to have the Star Wars universe as the setting.

    Probably not a surprise I thought the random bits with Darth Vader and Leia were kind of pointless, though I appreciate the "bookends" the movie does with the start and the end.

    They ought do more of that kind of one-of side story stuff, show some other aspects of the setting with fresher characters.

    • (Score: 4, Insightful) by bob_super on Wednesday September 06, @11:12PM (1 child)

      by bob_super (1357) on Wednesday September 06, @11:12PM (#564324)

      The problem is those characters can't have a major impact on the story of the Empire if they slot in between the main 9 movies.
      So they do a few heroic things, and then they drop dead.

      There are lots of stories to tell in the setting, but until they weave new hooks in the "last" two main movies, nobody can be important, nobody can win major battles, so it's not Hollywood, more like European movies.

      Lucas, for all the faults of the prequels, opened up many new worlds and peoples. Disney, by cloning episode 4, didn't help itself expand that universe to make another 6 decades of compelling annual movies.

      • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 07, @07:32AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 07, @07:32AM (#564457)

        Episodes 7 and Rogue One, they would have around 30 years of movies, assuming they were willing to pay the authors royalties and could find/fabricate standins for all the dead/old actors they needed for various scenes.

        Truce at Bakura, Planet of Twilight, Either of the 'Han Solo' trilogies (The 70s era, one or the late 90s one, detailing what lead Han Solo to the apparently mercenary attitude he had at the beginning of ANH, and why his 'lovable rogue' was actually his normal demeanor.)

        Fuck, the Lando Calrissian Trilogy would totally be worth a 3 movie series, and Donald Glover is the perfect age to play a young lando adventuring about on the millenium falcon.

        Literally, if Disney and Lucas before them didn't have NIH syndrome going on for not owning all the 'canonical' storylines for Star Wars, they would be having no problems pushing out hit moving until our grandchildren were living on Mars.

    • (Score: 1) by Kawumpa on Friday September 08, @07:08AM

      by Kawumpa (1187) on Friday September 08, @07:08AM (#564970)

      You are absolutely right and what I would like to see is Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano. https://twitter.com/rosariodawson/status/828802110888120320?lang=en [twitter.com]

  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 07, @05:24AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 07, @05:24AM (#564431)

    He might have actually made something decent.

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