Director Colin Trevorrow has exited Star Wars: Episode IX.
Lucasfilm and Disney released an official statement on the subject, which originally appeared on StarWars.com:
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.
Just last month, British screenwriter Jack Thorne boarded the film, which was originally penned by Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson and later by Trevorrow and his writing partner Derek Connolly. According to The Hollywood Reporter, "script issues have continued to be the continuing sore spot with Episode IX’s development," as Trevorrow attempted several drafts for the film. Additionally, the working relationship between Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and Trevorrow reportedly became "unmanageable."
Trevorrow's departure follows the behind-the-scenes turbulence on the Han Solo anthology film. In June, directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were removed from the Star Wars anthology movie in the middle of filming. Director Ron Howard was later hired to complete the project.
Trevorrow was tapped as director for Episode IX in 2015 after his success on Jurassic World. Though Jurassic World was a resounding success at the box office, earning a whopping $1.6 billion, his most recent film The Book of Henry was considered a flop both critically and financially.
Scheduled to hit theaters on May 24, 2019, Star Wars: Episode IX is a production of Lucasfilm and likely starring Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac.