LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Colin Trevorrow is out as "Star Wars: Episode IX" director.
Disney issued a short statement on Tuesday about the departure without naming a successor.
"Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX," the statement said. "Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process, but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ. We wish Colin the best and will be sharing more information about the film soon."
The film was expected to hit theatres on May 24, 2019, with production expected to start early next year.
Disney announced in August, 2015, that it had selected Treverrow to direct the finale of the trilogy. At that point, Treverrow was coming off directing Jurassic World for Universal.
"This is not a job or an assignment," Treverrow said at the time of his 2015 hire. "It is a seat at a campfire, surrounded by an extraordinary group of storytellers, filmmakers, artists and craftspeople. We've been charged with telling new stories for a younger generation because they deserve what we all had--a mythology to call their own. We will do this by channeling something George Lucas instilled in all of us: boundless creativity, pure invention and hope."
The next film in the Star Wars franchise is coming on Dec. 15 when "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," directed by Rian Johnson, opens.
Watch 'Safety Not Guaranteed' at SBS On Demand
United States, 2012
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi
Director: Colin Trevorrow
Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Jake M. Johnson, Mark Duplass
What's it about?
When an unusual classified ad inspires three cynical Seattle magazine employees (Aubrey Plaza, Karan Soni and Jake Johnson) to look for the story behind it, they discover a mysterious eccentric named Kenneth (Mark Duplass), a likable but paranoid supermarket clerk, who believes he’s solved the riddle of time travel and intends to depart again soon. Together, they embark on a hilarious, smart, and unexpectedly heartfelt journey that reveals how far believing can take you.