Helming a Star Wars film used to seem like a dream come true for directors in Hollywood. However, a recent pattern has emerged which suggests the lofty post isn't a job that comes with a whole lot of security.
News has broken that Star Wars: Episode IX director, Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World), has left the production, with producers stating, "Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX. Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ. We wish Colin the best and will be sharing more information about the film soon."
This announcement comes on the heels of similar news that Phil Lord and Christopher Miller had been fired from the standalone Han Solo origin film six months into production, as well as Josh Trank departing another Star Wars standalone project back in 2015.
Even well received projects like Rogue One have been inundated with chatter that Gareth Edwards had turned in a cut that producers were unhappy with — resulting in Tony Gilroy coming in for uncredited work to essentially "save" the film.
Rumors are now swirling that The Last Jedi helmer, Rian Johnson, may be a likely candidate to replace Trevorrow after dazzling producers with his work.
Star Wars: Episode IX currently has a release date of May 24, 2019 while The Last Jedi hits audiences December 15.