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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He's working on the USA big screen reboot of On The Buses

Never tell me the odds!

I'm curious as to what this "other" movie he's talking about is. I can't imagine Jurassic Park would be something that anyone would seriously consider as a difficult mythology to tackle. Sure there are hardcore fans, but not to the point of Star Wars, or Star Trek.

What are the chances it's a new Firefly movie? lol (yeah yeah, I know...)


If he is the next director, I just hope he's a fan.

This is all Disney need, an actual FAN who won't ruin a new Star Wars film.

Those are the odds of successfully negotiating an asteroid field, according to c3po, and we all know how that turned out. I would say that this is a clear indication that ep 7 is his film.

If they had a director in place, then they'd be best off announcing it as early as possible to get all the inevitable hate out of the way nice and soon. I can't see why a director would be kept so secret.

Well spotted! You get geek kudos of the day for that one! Of course he is the guy!

Why else would he say what he said? must watch Safety Not Guaranteed before judgment can be passed

No, Disney do not need a fan they need a decent budget, a realistic amount of time to prep the film, a talented writer and director with a strong coherent vision, I want the new film to be *good* no just a fanwank filled love letter to the previous films.


Well if thats true (I'm afraid my geekness doesn't extend that far) well done and I would say thats a fairly huge statement that he is doing it.

I'm kind of looking forward to it but don't think I am wetting myself to be front of the queue, perhaps I've been too let down by the prequels but I am hoping these new films will release my inner 12 year old...

Agreed. I've been saying all along that a fan making these films could be a very bad idea.

Ah, thank you, don't think I ever had Geek Kudos before ;0)

I hope its Jurassic Park 4

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