If you came of age during the original Star Wars trilogy, and someone handed you a bucket of Star Wars action figures that only including Luke Skywalker amongst all the new Force Awakens characters, wouldn't your instinct to be to reach for him first? Apparently that's what Colin Trevorrow did, if we're to believe the latest rumors about his firing, and he got his hand slammed away with an affirmative 'No, you may only play with Rey, Finn and Poe'. The so-called creative differences between him and Kathleen Kennedy's Lucasfilm came from the man wanting to keep Luke Skywalker alive long enough to use him in the third and final installment of this new trilogy.
Colin Trevorrow was famously fired from Star Wars 9 after he'd been working on the script for quite some time, and his boot came after others were also ousted out of the series. 'Creative Differences' has been the tagline for these exits, and a lot of people immediately assumed that Trevorrow was being cut loose after everyone got a good look at his big bomb The Book of Henry. As the movie premiered, a lot of sites including this one began to speculate that he'd soon be let go from Star Wars. And sure enough, that happened. And no one really seemed to need an explanation. Though now, almost a year removed from the release of Book of Henry, some are praising that weird mishmash of genres and ideas and misplaced humor as some kind of cult masterpiece. That's something we'll leave up to the individual viewer to decide.
Now, in recent weeks, it has been confirmed by Steven Spielberg that Colin Trevorrow is returning to direct Jurassic World 3 after doing the first franchise reboot for that property, before exiting Jurassic World 2 to direct Star Wars 9. Trevorrow stayed aboard Jurassic World 2 as a producer and co-writer of story and ideas. He always knew where he wanted that trilogy to go. And Spielberg is supporting his return. Much as Kathleen Kennedy is supporting J.J. Abrams' return to finish off what he started with The Force Awakens. It's all enough to give you a headache.
The clear cut answer to this is, all these guys are, are a bunch of overgrown kids playing in their own sandbox with a shoe box of action figures at their disposal, with a giant corporation standing close by with gun to their head, demanding they make a movie for the masses. These are basically high budget fan films one and all, and true fans should never loss sight of that, no matter how they feel about the movies and sequels. So these latest rumors about Colin Trevorrow's departure from Star Wars 9 do make sense, even if there's no substantial truth to them. No sources tied closely to the studio have confirmed what is being said. And it almost sounds like Colin Trevorrow's story arc is being retconned not unlike Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi to take some of the taint off the fact that he's returning for Jurassic World 3. And it could even be something that was floated forth by someone embedded within the Universal camp, knowing a lot of fans hate The Last Jedi.
If you think The Last Jedi should officially be scrubbed from the official Star Wars canon, then you'll be championing Colin Trevorrow once you get done reading what possibly could have taken place between him, Rian Johnson and Kathleen Kennedy. If you grew up in the late 70s and early 80s, as Colin Trevorrow did, and someone asked you to make a Star Wars movie, wouldn't you want to play with Luke Skywalker? Create a story for him? Save him from the clutches of the fiendish Rian Johnson, who some, right or wrong, are painting to be the true evil Emperor of this refurbished saga?
Luke, as many fans well know by now, didn't make it to the final credits of The Last Jedi. He vanished along with his metal hand into the ether, supposedly to join Yoda and Obi-Wan as a Force Ghosts. Colin Trevorrow didn't like that idea, and supposedly, he asked director Rian Johnson to let Luke live for one more movie. But producer J.J. Abrams, big Boss Kennedy, and Johnson all believed it was time to let the past die, so that the third and final installment could be fully handed over to newcomers Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron, with Kylo Ren shining on as the main villain. The later of which was allegedly a problem for Trevorrow too, who wanted to further flesh out Snoke, and also asked if the Supreme Leader could stick around for at least one more movie.
As you know, this would have greatly altered The Last Jedi, letting both Snoke and Luke live, so those are some pretty hefty creative differences to be arguing over. Mike Zeroh, via the Express UK, is the one that first brought this idea up. He's not much liked by a great deal of the Star Wars fan base. But he sometimes gets stuff right, and this time he doesn't appear to be speculating but has some insider intel. Though none of it's proven true at all just yet. Perhaps Trevorrow will open up about it as Jurassic World 3 barrels into production sometime next year. Zeroh says this about how the 'creative differences' actually played out.
"The full reason why Johnson killed Luke is to free up space for the new characters... without any of the legacy characters pulling them backwards. He felt there would not be enough space for these characters with Luke Skywalker around. This is also what JJ Abrams wants and planned with Johnson for Episode 9."
Star Wars 9 was supposed to Leia's movie, but Carrie Fisher passed away before all that could happen. Colin Trevorrow had a script fleshed out, but a lot of things had to be changed. Including the entirety of Trevorrow's proposed story conclusion. But he was still aboard presumably when this all went down. It's quite understandable why a director like Colin Trevorrow would want to use Luke in his movie, and why he'd fight for the Jedi master to live to see another day. But we're still not so sure this is how it all went down. We may find out later on, but perhaps it will remain a mystery. Someday an expose on all the fired Star Wars directors will make a very healthy and hearty read for fans, and it could make for a compelling Netflix series at this point that would rival Wild, Wild Country, with newer fans coming in the 2020s that won't even believe any of it was real or even happened. At this point, Star Wars 9 could still be a great movie. But we're not getting any legacy characters. When Billy Dee Williams was last spotted in the wild, he was in a wheelchair and not looking up to portraying Lando one last time. So, who knows how this will all play out in the end.