It’s a tough gig being a top Hollywood director at times. For example, a recent petition, which has currently garnered over 20,000 online signatures, calls for future Star Wars: Episode IX helmer Colin Trevorrow to be replaced by none other than George Lucas himself. Despite the avowed hatred his prequels still generate, it seems some fans like the idea of the bearded one calling shots on the last of the nine-film series. Trevorrow had kept a dignified silence on the whole thing… until now.
Speaking at the BAFTA Awards Tea Party on Saturday, Trevorrow seemed pretty unfazed by the whole affair:
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 then eloquently describes how he and Episode VIII director Rian Johnson are collaborating:
A story must evolve or perish, and Rian and I are working closely together to make sure our stories build off of each other and continue to evolve and take us to new places, and I think that’s what the fans expect and what they want.
We’re gonna go out on a limb here and say the petition will amount to nothing. Of course it won’t. Yuri Luiz of Sao Paulo is the guy who set it up and his argument is centered solely on Lucas being the father of Star Wars and that having the director of Episode I direct Episode IX will somehow making the circle complete. To be brutally honest Yuri, hokey petitions and ancient directors are no match for a helmer at the top of this game at your side.
You can see Colin Trevorrow’s full response here.