George Lucas Wont Need To Direct Episode 9 Implies Colin Trevorrow

Colin Trevorrow has responded to a petition started a few weeks ago by some Star Wars fans to bring George Lucas back to direct Episode IX.

The petition has just over 24,000 signatures at the time of writing, from fans bemoaning that The Force Awakens is A New Hope “rip-off” and showed a lack of creativity.

Disney might have an issue with Lucas directing, because less than a month ago Lucas accused Disney of being “White Slavers” and also because Colin Trevorrow the director of Jurassic World has already been signed up to direct.

Fortunately for a certain section of fans, Trevorrow seems quite relaxed about the whole thing and has said to Entertainment Tonight that he wants to channel the “raw creativity” of Lucas into the film.

Colin Trevorrow
Colin Trevorrow

“It’s funny, I saw that (the petition), 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,” 


“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.”

This is great news for fans hoping for something more imaginative for the final installment of the sequel trilogy.

JJ Abrams has already responded to claims his Star Wars contribution was a rip-off.

Meanwhile, we can now look forward to Rian Johnson’s Episode VIII which he has currently rewritten some of the script and pushed back filming a month.

Lawrence Kasdan Says Star Wars Episode 8 Will Be A Weird Thing

According to Star Wars screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, Episode VIII will be like no other Star Wars film.

Although most people will agree The Force Awakens was a lot of fun, Episode 7 actually had one main purpose.

Disney wanted to show the fans that they had heard their cries about the tone and realism shown in the original trilogy but somewhat lacking in the prequels.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” director J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan on set. (David James / Lucasfilm)

But now with a vague structure of a story in place, the stage is set for Rian Johnson to do whatever the hell he wants when he directs and writes Episode 8 and continues to write for Episode 9.

Disney must have a lot of confidence in Rian to sign him up to write the screenplay for Episodes 8 and 9.

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Speaking to the LA Times, long-serving Star Wars screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, who returned for The Force Awakens, is excited at the prospect of Johnson being at the helm.

“These movies will all be so different, Rian Johnson is a friend of mine — he’s going to make some weird thing.”

Episode VIII writer/director and Episode IX writer Rian Johnson (Picture: Getty)

“If you’ve seen Rian’s work, you know it’s not going be like anything that’s ever been in Star Wars. “You couldn’t have three more different people than J.J., Rian and Colin [Trevorrow, Episode IX director].”

 Johnson directed Looper and also made the cult hit movie Brick.

 Kasdan also spoke about the Star Wars Anthology movies the first of which Rogue One is released December 2016.

“Those movies will have the Star Wars saga as their basis, but everything else will be different. Then Phil Lord and Chris Miller are going to make the Han Solo film and I can’t guess what that will be like — and I’m writing it!”