You know a company is sort of a big deal when it can put on its own annual expo. The D23 Expo is Disney entertainment’s annual conglomeration of the past, present and future of the “House that Mickey Mouse” built. Business has been booming with the company’s acquisitions of Marvel Entertainment and Lucasfilm.
Some of the big talk has been geared around the upcoming installments of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (namely, Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange) plus everything Star Wars.
Well, today Colin Trevorrow was confirmed as director of Star Wars Episode IX. Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn made the announcement.
For Trevorrow the timing of the announcement comes off his monster (literally) hit Jurassic World, which has gone on to gross more than $630 million in the U.S. and $1.582 billion worldwide. His debut film, Safety Not Guaranteed – made for less than one million dollars – was critically well received but audiences didn’t latch on to the idiosyncratic comedy that starred Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass and Jake Johnson. But thanks to Universal’s reboot of the Jurassic Park franchise, and Steven Spielberg’s belief in the young filmmaker, Trevorrow’s Hollywood stock is climbing.
Regarding the director, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy remarked in a statement, The power of [Safety Not Guaranteed] paired with the enormous success of Jurassic World speaks volumes about his abilities both as a storyteller and skilled filmmaker.”
Star Wars: Episode IX is scheduled to be released in 2019. Trevorrow’s installment will conclude the third trilogy of Star Wars movies that begins with J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakes (opening December 18, 2015) and continues with Rian Johnson’s eighth episode (opening May 26, 2017).
Tags: Colin Trevorrow, Jurassic World, Star Wars, Star Wars: Episode IX, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Source: Deadline Hollywood