Colin Trevorrow is the director of the low-budget sci-fi comedy Safety Not Guaranteed, as well as a few other under the radar projects like the documentary Reality Show, and the TV Movie Gary: Under Crisis. Needless to say that he’s made no one’s Top 10 list of Who’s Who in terms of directors for Star Wars Episode VII currently in development at Disney. So how has his name floated to the top now?
I can’t speak with any specificity as to what the next thing will be. There are amazing opportunities that have arisen as a result of this. One of them, I will say, will probably create a good deal of ire against me on the Internet when people find out what it is. So, I just want to say in advance that I promise you, for all those who love the mythology that I will be tackling, trust that I love it as much as you do. And I will respect it, and hopefully make it not suck.
This was back a few months ago when negotiations concerning Lucasfilm’s acquisition by Disney and the development of Episode VII quietly got under way. Of course, this was followed up by a more recent interview in Moviezine,where Trevorrow addressed the S.W. words directly.
It is not something that I can comment too much on. But I can definitely say, I am as much of a fan of Star Wars as everyone else for whom Star Wars was the most important thing in their life, when they were a kid. I’m deeply aware of how profoundly important it is, to billions of people. It really is a mythology and possibly even a belief system for a lot of people. I certainly can’t comment on what my involvement may ever be, I can definitely say that I would absolutely love to direct a “Star Wars” film at some point in my life. That would be incredible, I’m not daunted by it. Even if I understand that any thinking director who cares about it as I do, as much as a lot of directors do, would be afraid of screwing it up. But I also think that it’s a risk that a lot of directors would be willing to take, because they care about it so much.
As of last night though, Trevorrow seemed to be walking back some of these comments, both implied and direct, by denying that, at present, he has anying to do with directing Star Wars.”To clarify, there is another film we all love that I’m currently trying not to mess up. Odds I will direct Episode VII: 3720 to 1,” he tweeted. When asked point blank if he was taking himself out of the running, he replied. “That is what I am saying.”
So is it possible that Trevorrow might be the director of choice for such a high-profile project like Star Wars Episode VII? Wouldn’t it make more sense to get someone like a Bird, Abrams or Nolan behind the camera? (Even though, yes, those guys have already taken their names out of the running.) On the other hand, Welsh director Richard Marquand had only a few feature credits and a lot of TV work to his name when he was tapped to make Return of the Jedi. Empire Strikes Back director Irvin Kershner was more experienced, but when he got the gig he had no experience in either sci-fi or big-budget filmmaking. Still, George Lucas remained an eminent creative force on the Star Wars films at the time, and if his previous comments are to be believed, Lucas is looking more towards retirement than being active on a film set these days.
Obviously, we’ll have more news as it developments.