A little over 10 years ago, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith was released with the promise that it would be the last Star Wars movie we ever see. My, what a difference a decade makes. With as many as six movies currently in the pipe,
the Galactic Empire Disney is cooking with gas to take full advantage of the Star Wars brand, the backbone of which is the long-awaited sequel trilogy. Episode VII, The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams comes out in December. The as-yet untitled Episode VIII comes out two year hence and will be directed by Rian Johnson. And now, rumor has it, the third and final film, Episode IX, will be directed by Colin Trevorrow.
Umberto Gonzalez at Heroic Hollywood tipped the world off the possibility, citing a Lucasfilm source, that Trevorrow’s hiring will be revealed at the Star Wars panel at San Diego Comic Con later today. This would be the second big Comic Con news-related leak concerning Star Wars in the last couple of days. The first was a picture, supposedly from a tech test of the Star Wars presentation, that revealed that an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie and a Boba Fett/Han Solo movie were amongst the upcoming Star Wars Anthology films.
Nothing is confirmed, obviously, and chances are that the only way they would be confirmed is if Trevorrow is announced the director at this afternoon’s panel. Trevorrow’s name has been floating around as a Star Wars candidate for a while, even in some capacity on The Force Awakens before J.J. Abrams came onboard. Of course, Lucasfilm CEO Kathleen Kennedy is familiar with Trevorrow, her husband Frank Marshall hired him to direct Jurassic World.
Trevorrow has been previously asked about the chance he’d direct a Star Wars film and he was open to the possibility. Of course, there are probably only a few people in Hollywood who would immediately dismiss the chance to make a Star Wars movie, and with the incredible financial success of Jurassic World, Trevorrow could certainly write his own ticket without having to run right into the arms of another franchise. Still, directing Episode IX would be a big get for any director, even the guy that made Jurassic World a worldwide success.
Obviously we might get an answer later this evening. Until then, we know that Johnson will be writing and directing Episode VIII for a 2017 release date, and then he’ll be writing Episode IX in some capacity too. Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters everywhere on December 18.