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Colin Trevorrow Responds to ‘Star Wars’ Petition to Replace Him With George Lucas

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Sure, the online petition calling for George Lucas’s return to the “Star Wars” franchise has only garnered about 20,000 supporters, but rest assured that “Episode IX” director Colin Trevorrow is aware of it.

Launched two weeks ago, the petition suggests that Trevorrow, who helmed the blockbuster “Jurassic World,” simply is “not the right guy” to guide the final film in the new “Star Wars” trilogy. That honor, the petition’s organizer states, should go to the “Father of ‘Star Wars.'”

“It’s funny,” Trevorrow told Entertainment Tonight, “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.”

“When George Lucas made ‘Star Wars,’ a lot of people thought it was crazy,” he continued. “When you try to pitch what that movie’s about — if you’ve never heard of ‘Star Wars’ before, you say, ‘Here’s a character. His father’s part robot, but he can also do magic. And there’s a guy who can fly in a spaceship. He’s got a dog for a friend!’ — it sounds insane. But it’s the greatest story ever told. I just want to embrace that kind of invention and creativity that he brought to it.”

“Star Wars: Episode IX” opens May 24, 2019.

Comments

  • jedibanner .

    This petition is stupid…people need to learn to read and listen: GL is DONE with SW, he sold it, he doesn’t want to do these movies anymore, he wants to move on….LIVE WITH IT, HE’S DONE! Any of these next movies will be great since a new life has been brought to them. Looking forward to this new trilogy.

  • demoncat_4

    this petiton shows that some people have too much time on their hands for the reason lucas sold star wars to disney was because he wanted fresh blood and was tired of some of the fan base jumping on him for every thing he did wrong in the prequels besides disney is not going to fire the guy for lucas for they have a contract and could get sued for violating it

  • Master Bumscratch

    “Let’s start a petition for George Lucas to do something he actually doesn’t want to do!”

  • Brian Langlois

    Right. The people who started this petition haven’t even thought about whether Lucas even wants to do more Star Wars. He doesn’t, which is why he sold it. I am a big GL supporter and even like the Prequels quite a bit. I’d rather see Disney/Lucasfilm make an offer George to make a new movie, one of his experimental ideas he’s always talking about. I’d definitely want to see it!

  • braun rodman

    I think our time could be better spent trying to re-animate Irvin Kershner

  • JonSXSW

    Yeah, bring back the guy who brought us the prequel disasters… wtf is wrong with people?

  • Psimitar

    I’m sorry, while George Lucas is a great visionary, he’s a horrible director. He doesn’t have the ability to get solid performances from his actors, they come across wooden and uninspired. If you look at the prequels, actors who are good like Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman look and sound like rank amateurs under Lucas’ direction. Compare A New Hope to Empire and Jedi (two movies that were not directed by Lucas) and the acting is way better in Empire in Jedi. I’d say Lucas could be a producer, he’s good at that, but the actual role of director is not for him. That’s just not his strength.

  • Convoy

    People need to get a life. Seriously. They need to get a life. And if anyone is somehow offended by this, you’re one of the ones who need to get a life.

  • feast for

    It makes little sense, those fans should want Lucas to help writing the movies, not direct them, while I’ve come to appreciate Lucas boldness lately, still he was not the best actor director.

  • http://about.me/stg St.G

    I believe these people to be the ones that think the prequels are great and Empire Strikes Back is the most boring of the lot.

  • Read A. Book

    It’s like you are inside my head. I have said this exact thing in conversations with with friends.

  • Read A. Book

    I have a life. I ride around my property on a tractor, nude with exception of a cape shouting “We aim to misbehave!”

  • Ben Phillips

    If I were him I would’ve said: “Oh yeah? Haha” thats it.

  • Corps I Am

    What a bunch of losers.

  • Halpheus

    They do have a point though, Colin Trevorrow sucks.

  • Corps I Am

    They were children and teenagers when the Prequels came out and those movies spoke to them.

  • The Captain

    I was a teenager when episode I came out. Those movies are garbage.

  • DoigtDuPeuple

    So a petition to bring back the one guy who thinks “marketing sell-out” before anything that has to do with story in the past 30 years… I mean I thank George for giving us Star Wars, it was a tremendous task to sell to the studios, but if one thing episodes 1, 2, and 3 showed us is how George ain’t that George anymore.

    He did the last trilogy based on how many things he could sell off the movies. He did an horrible job for that last battle with Ben and Anakin, while effects were something else, the rest was less than epic in terms of emotions from the battle coming from Ben Kenobi after he shreds Anakin. Oh, and after all that he just leaves him there instead of putting him out of his misery? So he can gently burn himself to ashes? Nice… And that epic moment we all were waiting for, the final turn from Anakin to Darth Vader in full outfit… what a freaking waste of money that was…

    George gave us the first movie, but other than that he was better at just letting other people manage the rest of the show and coming in and inputting details or story lines he was looking for in order to tie the movies together.

    The last man I want to see take the helm of any of these next movies is Lucas. JJ brought us back to the Star Wars continuity, and did a great job at it even if there are plot holes, weird things that just shouldn’t be in there but in all, it was the Star Wars movies the majority (from what I can gather from the blogs out there) of us wanted to see.

    It was a throwback to episode 4, yes, but I think it needed to do that in order to set us up for the new characters mingling with the old ones.

    Lucas, if he wants to have any face value in order to convince anyone that he was the better choice would need to put on the table a screenplay or his ideas of what he would’ve done. But I think he didn’t have any great ones since none of them where kept (from what was again said on multiple sources on blogs).

    I don’t want to see him directing one more Star Wars movie.

  • Daniel

    As long as George doesn’t write and uses lots of practical effects, he would be great.

  • Convoy

    And you have to property to do that, the least of your worries is George Lucas and his non directing self.

  • Daniel

    Things that would make The Force Awakens perfect:
    1. Don’t copy ‘A New Hope’.
    2. Come up with a more original super weapon.
    3. Snoke imbues Rey with power and orders her to kill Kylo Ren (from the novel) (this would explain how she beats Kylo)
    4. The First Order is rising like the Empire in ‘Heir to the Empire’.
    5. More Captain Phasma (being a badass).
    6. Less joke-y Finn.

  • Daniel

    Revenge of the Sith actually isn’t bad, it’s pretty decent. But I like how the lighsaber duels in the originals are more focused on emotion than spectacle.

  • Daniel

    No, it didn’t need to do that.

  • Daniel

    Things that would make The Force Awakens perfect:
    1. Don’t copy ‘A New Hope’.
    2. Come up with a more original super weapon.
    3. Snoke imbues Rey with power and orders her to kill Kylo Ren (from the novel) (this would explain how she beats Kylo)
    4. The First Order is rising like the Empire in ‘Heir to the Empire’.
    5. More Captain Phasma (being a badass).
    6. Less joke-y Finn.

  • Corps I Am

    “I was a teenager when episode I came out.”

    You obviously don’t fit the trend.

  • DoigtDuPeuple

    Like I said… There were many things that weren’t great… But the overall movie was an actual Star Wars film… I don’t agree with all your points, but that’s your view. Some good, sure.. Phasma was a crap character when she just gives in.. some points would not have made it better..

    All different points of views; that’s it.. In all.. Still is a Star Wars movie we were waiting for..

  • Larry Tate

    What did they say?

  • Larry Tate

    What was the trend?

  • Larry Tate

    Hah hah you are the one who is acting all upset. Priceless. Love the rage.

  • Convoy

    Why Mr. Tate what would give you that idea? I’m just saying that they need to get a life. What’s priceless is that people would actually start a petition for a man that made $4 billion for selling his baby.

  • Corps I Am

    They said, “Children, I am Lucas’ notion of a lost vision created for you. Provided is a child hero who, despite the seasoned pilot adults around him, accidentally wins a space battle and later accidentally falls to the Dark Side over teen love and abruptly decides that from his perspective the Jedi are evil.”

  • Corps I Am

    Most of the people who liked the Prequels did so due to their maturity level (age).

    While the kiddies were liking their eight year old hero and later loved the CG cartoon-like magic, the adults were glossing over most of the movies in order to get to the poorly directed, poorly presented, and poorly acted Vader story.

    The odd thing is that as grown adults they still defend them for being good or great. Normally, we look back at our childhood likes with fondness, but have become capable of criticizing our likes for what they are.

  • The Captain

    I think I fit that trend that you’re referring to as far as age goes. I was twelve when that movie came out. But I can also identify a steaming turd when I see it, which I think is the major difference between myself and Lucas’ apologists.

  • Ricardo Fernandes

    Truth be told! George Lucas is a sound enginner who got himself very lucky. Although Colin Trenrrow is as good as blockbuster movie director he is still way better than George Lucas in the gears.

  • Chad Townsend

    Hey…. Doesn’t Rey accidentally do all those things? :P hahah

  • Chad Townsend

    Lucas also tried to get Spielberg and numerous other directors to direct the prequels and couldn’t. (just so he could be a producer)

  • Chad Townsend

    The fans are having buyers remorse hahah

  • Chad Townsend

    People seem to forget that GL’s wife was real key in editing and making some of the key story decisions.

  • Chad Townsend

    His wife was real key in the original trilogy and Indy Jones. They divorced right around Jedi

  • Corps I Am

    I don’t recall her accidentally winning a space battle, nor accidentally falling to the Dark Side over love in non-existent subsequent movies. So….no?

  • Chad Townsend

    Granted she has some flying skill but She does accidentally know how to pilot the falcon in a space battle and win against SEASONED pilots. with the winning maneuver to position a cannon that was locked into position. Never mind there was another cannon that Finn could’ve easily moved to. She also does slightly seem to fall to the dark side and over take Ren who is also very seasoned in battle. Dude can stop laser fire but not an amatuer. Dont care if he’s wounded he has hate…. HATE i tells yah…. Raging hate and whiny douchery, like his grandpappy. (not the love stuff) Luke did a bit of this too. I think there’s a theme here… BTW I’m just messin with you. I like the new stuff

  • Corps I Am

    I would call BS, not accident. I’ve never driven a Ferrari, but I can drive a car. Of course, this doesn’t mean I can go out and win a race against professional racers. I chalk it up to the Hollywood presentation of having the nobody survive against a professional because crap just works out.

    “Raging hate…”

    And there it is. This is exactly why Rey was able to get the upper hand against a severely injured Kylo. Why the two “tantrum” scenes? Check it…

    1) Qui-Gon told Obi to be mindful of the future, “but not at the expense of the present.”

    2) Obi told Anakin to “come to your senses” when he lost focus on the way to fight Dookie.

    3) When Luke dropped the rocks from midair, Yoda told him that he “must learn control.”

    It seems to me that the ability to do tricks with the Force is easy. What appears difficult is maintaining control and focus. As angry as Anakin got, he maintained control. As hateful as Vader got, he maintained control until he abandoned all focus and Obi hacked him up. As later Vader, he choked fools out, but with no loss of composure. Kylo? His rage has him lashing out uncontrollably. The only point to those “tantrum” scenes was to demonstrate his lack of control. And Rey? She may have a lack of “Jedi” training, but the movie presented her as a person with considerable control of her emotions. Once she allowed the Force to “flow through her” she had the upper hand.

  • Matahoochie

    I think people are a tad worried about a director who’s made a low budget film, and a mediocre blockbuster, taking on what could be considered the most important movie in the new Star Wars franchise. Also it’s no coincidence that he got the job, considering he’s married to the lady who has major control of the franchise itself. Maybe it’s just to save money, but Star Wars makes plenty at the box office and can therefore afford a proven director. I not worried about George coming back so much but I think the franchise being completed by some like Nolan, Scott or even Spielberg shows that they care.