The Hollywood Reporter has a feature on Burlington Director Colin Trevorrow, who’s recently been rumored to be in the running to direct the next Star Wars film. In it, Trevorrow says that he’s not going to be directing the film, but that he’s got another project that he’s working on:
“It’s not going to be me for Episode VII, and I can’t believe I’ve actually had to come out and say that,” Trevorrow told The Hollywood Reporter at the IFP Gotham Awards on Monday. “That was the most shocking thing, like around the dinner table when I was 8, I had to assure everyone that it wasn’t me, but now actually for real. But there are a lot of things that have come up that are a lot of exciting opportunities that have come up because of [Safety].”
Lucasfilm already has announced the three screenwriters for the three films (Michael Arndt, Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg), though no directors have been set. If a fan really wanted to parse Trevorrow’s statements, he only said he wouldn’t be directing the first film of the bunch, leaving the next two technically up in the air. He wasn’t keen to talk about the series any further.
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However, science fiction does appear to be in Trevorrow’s future. The other franchise that he alluded to earlier on? Flight of the Navigator, which Trevorrow and his fellow screenwriter Derek Connolly have been hired on to write the script for the reboot of the 1986 film. According to Digital Spy, Trevorrow might potentially direct this project.
It’s interesting to note that Navigator is another Disney property, the same company that purchased LFL. Given Trevorrow’s limited (but successful) experience behind the camera with Safety Not Guaranteed, it’s not hard to imagine that another director with more experience might be tapped to head up the enormous franchise. Current rumors have been pointing to Matthew Vaughn, although nothing’s official until Lucasfilm and Disney announce their pick. I do wonder if Flight of the Navigator paves the way for additional work with Star Wars, and a way to get Trevorrow used to films that utilize a lot of CGI. Time will tell.