As he seemingly confirmed, Colin Trevorrow‘s script for the ninth episode of Star Wars is called “Star Wars: Duel of the Fates.” That was before Kathleen Kennedy, the president of Disney’s Lucasfilm, parted ways with Trevorrow.
Was the script not safe enough?
The Last Jedi incensed many fans. In terms of creating one that ensured that audiences would enjoy the associated film, was Kennedy simply not satisfied with Trevorrow’s script?
Lucasfilm did not return a request for comment as of press time.
Disney needed the ninth episode to succeed. There was a lot riding on it. Disney has built Star Wars theme parks (called Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge) at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., and Disney World in Orlando, Fla. It also is running or planning on four shows, including three for its new Disney+ network, and still has films in the works. Disney needs Star Wars fans — and, the immediate predecessor to the ninth film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, already had divided the fanbase.
Much of Trevorrow’s script was bold. Check out some of the story choices:
– An alien dies by a lightsaber guillotine;
– Red lightning violently mutilates Kylo Ren’s face ;
– The ghost of Luke Skywalker haunts Kylo;
– Rey and good guys keep losing;
– Rey’s eyes are disinfected by burning;
– Kylo’s skin is burned with a mask made from burning hot iron;
– Now-Chancellor Hux commits suicide.
Esquire called Trevorrow’s script “metal.” If Disney, which owns Lucasfilm, wanted a safe script, would they put out one that is “metal?”
Kennedy had made a statement about Trevorrow leaving. She claimed part of the reason was because he wasn’t around when they conceptualized Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But that isn’t a sufficient answer, is it? Because The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson wasn’t around when The Force Awakens was coming together, either.
So we are left to consider new reasons why Kennedy let Trevorrow go. Now, with the script, perhaps we have something concrete as to the real reason.
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