Colin Trevorrow and the growing Star Wars Episode 7 rumours

News Simon Brew 19 Nov 2012 - 06:26
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Is Colin Trevorrow the director of Star Wars: Episode VII? If not, what is he up to...?

There's a theory, and it's one that makes sense, that even at the point where Disney made its announcement that it was snapping up Lucasfilm, it already had the director for Star Wars Episode VII in place. After all, screenwriter Michael Arndt was already working away when the announcement landed. Why wouldn't a director be ready and waiting, too?

Of course, there's been no shortage of speculation these past few weeks, but the name that keeps bubbling to the surface is Colin Trevorrow. While not on many people's radar initially, Trevorrow caught the attention of George Lucas with his new film, Safety Not Guaranteed, and he's been regularly reported as a strong candidate for Star Wars.

More interesting, though, Film School Rejects has dug up an interview that Trevorrow did all the way back in June, a good time before the Star Wars deal was anywhere close to being announced.

The specific quote in question? This is what he said when asked what his new film would be...

“I can’t speak with any specificity as to what the next thing will be. There are amazing opportunities that have arisen as a result of this. One of them, I will say, will probably create a good deal of ire against me on the Internet when people find out what it is. So, I just want to say in advance that I promise you, for all those who love the mythology that I will be tackling, trust that I love it as much as you do. And I will respect it, and hopefully make it not suck".

In the hours since this comment started making its way around the Internet, Trevorrow has taken to Twitter to dampen down speculation. He posted that "To clarify, there is another film we all love that I'm currently trying not to mess up. Odds I will direct Episode VII: 3720 to 1".

Not bad odds, those. When pressed further and asked "are you officially saying that you are out of the running", he replied "That is what I am saying".

The question that leaves in our heads: if it's not Star Wars that Trevorrow is working on, then what is it? Jurassic Park 4, maybe?

The piece at Film School Rejects is here. And Safety Not Guaranteed is in UK cinemas in December.

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