Colin Trevorrow On Directing Episode IX, Kathleen Kennedy Influences

Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow offered up some interesting comments on several subjects in this latest article posted over on The Hollywood Reporter.

On the topic of him being viewed as the right man to helm the ninth film in the Star Wars episodic saga:

“Not only did I grow up on these stories, like all of us did, [but] I think that the values of Star Wars are values that I hold very close and very dear in my life,” he explained. “I feel that the message of the way that the Force teaches you to treat other people and show respect for others, and the way it guides you through life, is really important to me. And I hope everybody would realize that that set of stories has affected me as deeply in my life as it has affected them.”

Trevorrow goes on to say that developing a Star Wars movie places an extremely bright spotlight on a director and that he is fully aware of the challenges that come with accepting such an important project.

On the subject of directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord leaving 2018’s young Han Solo standalone film and how their departure from the project was portrayed in the media:

“Movies are very personal, and art is very personal, and for people to try to turn that into something that is salacious or something that will get clicks is frustrating and sad for me because I know that [movies] mean a lot to everyone involved,” he said. “And everybody involved in that movie is passionate about it and worked on it very hard and continues to work on it very hard.”

“I’ve been fortunate enough in all the films that I’ve made so far that we haven’t had internal conflicts, as far as the movie that we were making. That can happen, and I know that’s frustrating for all involved when it does,” he added. “That’s not a situation I’m involved in.”

Finally, he reveals how large of an influence Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has had on his professional life:

“Kathy is someone who has been a mentor my entire life, but I didn’t know it until I started working with her, and I saw how much of her soul and of her storytelling skill and her ability to read into the humanity of an individual goes into the films that she makes and how much of what I’ve loved about so many of those films came from her,” he said. “It’s something that I learn more about everyday. At this moment, she is really my key collaborator in what I’m doing, along with a group that she has built of incredible thinkers and storytellers. It’s going to certainly result in a movie very different from any that I’ve ever made because it’s not just me. It’s a group of people who deeply care about it.”