Lucasfilm has parted ways with yet another filmmaker and many are unabashedly happy about this particular dismissal.
Yesterday, Lucasfilm announced that they mutually parted ways with Colin Trevorrow, who was currently writing and directing Star Wars: Episode IX , the latest installment in the Skywalker saga.
Quite honestly, this firing should come as no surprise to anyone who has been following Star Wars since its return to pop culture dominance back in 2015 with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The summer before Force Awakens’ release, Lucasfilm fired filmmaker Josh Trank from a planned Star Wars spinoff movie. Last year, Lucasfilm brought in veteran screenwriter Tony Gilroy to oversee extensive reshoots and handle post production on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story when they weren’t happy with director Gareth Edwards’ finished product. And earlier this year, the studio fired directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller from the Han Solo spinoff movie, which was just weeks away from finishing its shoot.
While Colin Trevorrow’s firing is not shocking, the number of people who have publicly applauded the studio for firing him is. Go on Twitter right now and search “Colin Trevorrow” and you’ll find many fans of the Star Wars saga (many with profile pictures of something Star Wars related rather than actual pictures of themselves, by the way) are over the moon about Lucasfilm’s announcement.
Over the years, I’ve seen various people happy with firings/dismissals/exits/whatever of people associated with big projects in Hollywood, but none recently have struck a chord like Trevorrow’s exit and the amount of people happy with it.
Not only is it appalling to see these reactions about a guy being fired from his job, it is also, quite frankly, disgusting.
Most fans happy with this dismissal are satisfied because of Trevorrow’s track record as a filmmaker. After his terrific indie sci-fi movie Safety Not Guaranteed, Trevorrow made Jurassic World, the fourth installment in that Jurassic Park series that went on to make $1.6 billion dollars and was picked apart for its plot holes (as if those don’t exist in every movie or something). And recently, Trevorrow made and released The Book of Henry, which received scathing reviews and bombed at the box office. Even so, it’s worth noting that Lucasfilm saw The Book of Henry before Trevorrow begun writing Episode IX, so any thought that Lucasfilm fired Trevorrow because of Book of Henry can be dismissed; Trevorrow’s dismissal was reportedly because of script issues with Episode IX (According to The Hollywood Reporter).
By all accounts, Trevorrow is two out of three when it comes to making good movies. Even though The Book of Henry was bad, what well-known/established filmmaker hasn’t made a bad movie? None. Zero.
Obviously, something is going on behind the scenes with these filmmakers and Kathleen Kennedy, the head of Lucasfilm, as creative differences are the reason for these dismissals. So it seems as if the problem lies with Lucasfilm rather than these filmmakers they brought on to spearhead the projects. It’s funny how Lucasfilm has fired more Star Wars directors than there have been actual Star Wars directors (yes, count ‘em up).
Either way, this euphoric reaction to Trevorrow’s dismissal just shows how much fandom has peaked despite the positive impact of bringing people together to get excited over anything and everything in pop culture.
Whatever Trevorrow makes next, I hope it’s a home run and I’ll be there to see it. Because right now, no one with a conscience should be applauding a filmmaker’s firing when it’s clear that he was never part the problem.