Lucasfilm has announced that Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow has departed from Star Wars: Episode IX.
Disney and Lucasfilm released the following statement: "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."
THR reports that they were having some issues with the script by the British screenwriter Jack Thorne. It was reported that Trevorrow have taken stabs from multiple drafts. According to THR, the working relationship between Lucasfilm president adn Trevorrow became unmanageable.
This is the fourth time a director or directing team have been replaced for Lucasfilm's Star Wars projects. Tony Gilroy took over from Gareth Edwards for major reshoots for last year's Rogue One. for Fantastic Four director Josh Trank leaving the spinoff project, and Phil Lord and Chris Miller leaving the Han Solo film.
While this may slow down the development of the sequel to The Last Jedi, it's probably better that this happened now than later, in the midst of production.
I hope Lucasfilm can find a talented director who can finish the new Star Wars trilogy. For now, let's look forward to seeing Star Wars: The Last Jedi first. It will be out in theaters on December 15, 2017.