Director J.J. Abrams is handing over the reigns of the Star Wars franchise to Rian Johnson (Looper) and Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World) for Episode VIII and IX, and while many fans would have liked to see him stick around for the next two movies, Disney and Lucasfilm’s decision to pick these two filmmakers has been very well-received for the most part.
Or so it seemed! For some reason, a selection of fans have decided to start a petition to bring back George Lucas to helm Star Wars Episode IX as Trevorrow is “not the right guy.”
Based on how the prequels turned out, that’s something of an insult to the filmmaker, but how did Trevorrow feel to see the reports of that petition doing the rounds last week?
“It’s funny, I saw that, and it was on a day where I was at LucasFilm giving this big speech to everyone about how we want to channel the invention and just the raw creativity and the boldness that George brought to these films and not being afraid that we’re going to embarrass ourselves by doing something that might be crazy,” he said in a recent interview. “When George Lucas made Star Wars, a lot of people thought it was crazy. When you try to pitch what that movie’s about — if you’ve never heard of Star Wars before, you say, ‘Here’s a character. His father’s part robot, but he can also do magic. And there’s a guy who can fly in a spaceship. He’s got a dog for a friend!’ — it sounds insane. But it’s the greatest story ever told. I just want to embrace that kind of invention and creativity that he brought to it.”
Regardless of how you felt about Jurassic World, it’s hard not to have faith in Trevorrow’s vision for the Star Wars franchise after reading these comments, and it’s good to hear that he’s not letting this petition get to him! Will Lucas ever return? I