It was reported today that Colin Trevorow has stepped down as director of Episode IX due to “creative differences” with Lucasfilm, which leaves the job of director for the film unfilled. Lucasfilm is no doubt looking for directors to fill the vacant position, but according to Deadline, they don’t have to look too far.
Rian Johnson, who is the director of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, is reportedly on the top of the shortlist for directors to replace Colin Trevorow on Episode IX. Lucasfilm’s original plan was to have a different director for each movie in the Sequel Trilogy (similar to how it was done with the Original Trilogy), but Rian Johnson may have impressed Lucasfilm execs enough with his vision for The Last Jedi that they are willing to let him return to direct the sequel. It is assumed that if he comes on board, Johnson will do some rewrites to the script that Trevorow has written, and rewritten, in order to fit his vision.
I was never completely on board with Colin Trevorow as the director of Episode IX. I think he’s a good director, but I don’t think he has what it takes to direct a Star Wars movie, and apparently neither does Lucasfilm. If this report of Rian Johnson directing the film is true, then I would be very happy considering he has proven he has what is takes to create a complex narrative with Looper, and his vision for The Last Jedi is looking to be a great, fresh take on the Star Wars Universe.
This report can and should be taken as legitimate, because Deadline has been the first to report on several other Star Wars news. They were the first to reveal that Rian Johnson would be directing Episode VII and that Ryan Howard would be taking over as director of the Han Solo Movie.
Source – Deadline