Earlier this month, a Star Wars fan filed a petition requesting that George Lucas direct Star Wars: Episode IX because current director Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World) is “not the right guy” to finish the final (final?) episode. The petition sits at fewer than 20,000 signatures, and now Trevorrow knows about it. Ruh roh. Everybody who signed it (ironically or not), try to look busy.
“It’s funny, 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,” Trevorrow said at the BAFTA Awards Season Tea Party on Saturday.
In other words, Trevorrow is once again deflecting a possible fight by being extra nice, in the same manner he did when Joss Whedon called a Jurassic World clip “’70s era sexist.” Trevorrow knows how to play the game. Which is probably why he keeps getting offered sweet gigs while some of us are bloggers with a snazzy collection of jars filled with the souvenir ashes of many bridges.
Something interesting did come out of all this polite praise, in the end. Trevorrow made a joke about what it must have sounded like when George Lucas first tried to pitch his story to people: “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!”
That… that sounds like every story in my dream journal. No wonder I liked it.
(Via ET Online)