Having already confirmed that he will not be directing any more Jurassic movies, Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow is predictably the subject of vast amounts of speculation with regard to his next project choices. He made the leap from small indie movies – such as Safety Not Guaranteed – to a giant blockbuster franchise, which means that Trevorrow’s name inevitably arises in any discussion about potential Star Wars directors – particularly now that Josh Trank has relinquished the reins of the planned second Star Wars Anthology movie. Doing press for Jurassic World has seen the director deal with the Star Wars question – particularly in conversation with /Film.
“Yeah, I can’t say no to that idea. Look, I think you’d know I was lying if I said I would never ever do a Star Wars film. I could tell you absolutely, 100 per cent for sure, I’m not doing or involved in the Boba Fett one. And I am sure they’ll find a great filmmaker to do it. And I’m so impressed with the choices they have made. And I think specifically Rian Johnson is such an awesome filmmaker. And I’m so excited to see what he does.”
The reason these comments are significant is because, in the early shuffle of directors for planned projects Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Tomorrowland and Jurassic World, Trevorrow was apparently on the Star Wars list, according to producers. As the pieces fell into place, Bird took on Tomorrowland, J.J. Abrams took on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Trevorrow took on Jurassic World. Consequently, Trevorrow seems to have some knowledge from inside the Star Wars camp. This being the case, it is noteworthy, first of all, that he has essentially confirmed that the second Anthology film will be about Bob Fett – something that had previously only been assumed.
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Secondly, Trevorrow has commended the hiring of Rian Johnson, who is said to be helming Star Wars episodes 8 and 9. This means that any Star Wars movie that Trevorrow might consider will not be a core sequel – which leaves the Anthology movies. He states very clearly that he is not involved in the second film, which leaves the third Anthology slot as a possibility – unless the filmmaker is looking beyond the movies already being planned.
While Trevorrow is a talented director, some may find the idea of his directing the third Anthology movie disappointing, given that this would then mean that all of the new generation of Star Wars movies would be directed by white men – and relatively inexperienced ones at that.
Indeed, a Colin Trevorrow Star Wars movie might sound like an interesting prospect, but perhaps the third Anthology sequel could be directed by a woman? As Jurassic World roars into theatres, it is almost certain that Trevorrow will not struggle for offers of more movies, other than the Star Wars franchise.