When Rian Johnson was announced as the director of Star Wars: Episode VIII, it was under the assumption that he would not only write and helm the second installment of the new trilogy, but that he would also be in control of Star Wars: Episode IX. But then rumors began to swell that Disney and Lucasfilm were so impressed with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, that they were bringing back J.J. Abrams, who'd only ever wanted to do just the one movie. Now it seems none of that is happening, as Disney and Lucasfilm have hired Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow for the job.
Of course this is an unsubstantiated rumor at this time, perpetuated by new site Heroic Hollywood looking to make a name for itself at this year's Comic-Con. As of now, Disney and LucasFilm have not confirmed Colin Trevorrow, and currently have no comment. Heroic Hollywood claims that the news will be made official during the epic Star Wars: The Force Awakens Hall H panel planned for Friday night. It will presumably be one of the big surprises trotted out on stage.
The hiring of director Colin Trevorrow certainly makes sense, and falls in line with Disney and LucasFilm's recent trend of hiring hot young filmmakers. Following J.J. Abrams, whose Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters this December, we will get Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One helmed by Monsters and Godzilla director Gareth Edwards, which hits in December 2016. Then comes the second part of the new trilogy, directed by Looper director Rian Johnson, with Star Wars: Episode VIII hitting theaters on May 26, 2017. Many thought a Boba Fett Anthology film would be next, directed by Fantastic Four's Josh Trank. He was removed from the second spinoff, and weeks later, possibly the two hottest directors in town, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, were confirmed for Star Wars Anthology: Han Solo Movie, which arrives May 2018. This will all be rounded off by Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019.
Jurassic World is the biggest release of 2015, and headed towards becoming one of the biggest movies of all time, with $1.4 billion at the world wide box office and counting. The new trilogy's trend of having a different director for each movie mirrors the original trilogy, which had George Lucas behind Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Irvin Kershner directing Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, and Richard Marquand taking the helm on Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. What do you think, is Colin Trevorrow the perfect fit for this job?