Director Colin Trevorrow was recently let go by from the production of ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ this past Tuesday. The reason that he was let go was that it was rumored that he was very difficult to work with. If that is true, then it is disappointing.
I truly enjoyed ‘Jurassic World’ with Chris Pratt, but if Trevorrow feels that he is truly at the point of status where his ego carried enough weight in the Hollywood industry just because he was hired by Steven Spielberg, well he is wrong and doesn’t deserve that privilege yet. It sounds like Trevorrow felt he did and that ultimately led to his exit.
Being fired for working on a Star Wars related film has got to be a pretty big time low because this franchise is one of the best in the movie industry. His firing just shows that Lucasfilm wants the best material possible and done in the amount of time that the company gave to make a particular film. This film was supposed to be done by 2019, which is two years away and the fact, Trevorrow, being fired speaks volume.
According to vulture.com, they talked to a Lucasfilms’ executive that knows the process of working with Trevorrow:
“During the making of Jurassic World, he focused a great deal of his creative energies on asserting his opinion,” the executive explains. “But because he had been personally hired by Spielberg, nobody could say, ‘You’re fired.’ Once that film went through the roof and he chose to do Henry, [Trevorrow] was unbearable. He had an egotistical point of view— and he was always asserting that.”
Trevorrow also sounded very confident that he deserved the acclaimed status in the Hollywood in an interview with the Esquire back in 2015:
“Directors require a level of confidence that can border on the delusional. You have to push it right up to the edge of arrogance, but never cross the line.”
That didn’t work out so well after Trevorrow did the ‘Book of Henry’ project that came out in theaters this year.
A Lucasfilm executive that was sourced by vulture.com:
“When the reviews for Book of Henry came out, there was immediately conjecture that Kathy was going to dump him because they weren’t thrilled with working with him anyway,” the executive continues. “He’s a difficult guy. He’s really, really, really confident. Let’s call it that.”
But it also sounds like Kennedy has a very specific vision that she hopes can be achieved for Lucasfilms, but she was not willing to put up with people who thought they deserved a high status in the film industry.
According to a veteran movie producer:
“If you rub Kathleen Kennedy the wrong way — in any way — you’re out. You’re done. A lot of these young, new directors want to come in and say, ‘I want to do this. I want to do that.’ A lot of these guys — Lord and Miller, Colin Trevorrow — got very rich, very fast and believed a lot of their own hype. And they don’t want to play by the rules.”
I think that would be the right move because if these directors felt they deserved a highly rated status so quickly after only doing one to two big or maybe small hit movies in general, then the quality of Star Wars movies would not be as good or special as the big time movies were. Kennedy wants to recapture what made the original Star Wars so special. So if she thinks firing Trevorrow is the right direction to bring back the glory of the Star Wars franchise, then best believe that is the best direction made by Kennedy.
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