For years, "Star Wars" director George Lucas was bashed for his prequel trilogy, so one would think fans would be open to a new director taking on the franchise. However, now it appears some want the original director back to helm the final installment, "Star Wars: Episode IX," instead of "Jurassic World" director Colin Trevorrow. Despite a petition to remove the director, Trevorrow remains committed to making the best "Star Wars" film he can, one that would make Lucas proud.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Trevorrow said that when he heard about the petition he thought it was "funny" because it was the same day he was praising Lucas for his work at LucasFilm and saying he hoped to channel that creativity when he goes to make "Episode IX." He also revealed that he's working closely with "Episode VIII" director Rian Johnson on the story, which he hopes will keep fans satisfied when they see the finished product.
"A story must evolve or perish, and Rian and I are working closely together to make sure our stories build off of each other and continue to evolve and take us to new places, and I think that’s what the fans expect and what they want," Trevorrow said.
The 39-year-old director said they can't be afraid of "embarrassing themselves" or "doing something crazy" because Lucas originally made "Star Wars" with no fear of what people thought. You can watch the full interview below:
Backlash from "Star Wars" fans is something the new directors are starting to get used to at this point. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" director J.J. Abrams told the Hollywood Reporter that he knew there would be fans that had issues with the movie, but hoped it wouldn't be too many.
"I can understand that someone might say, 'Oh, it's a complete rip-off!'" Abrams said. "What was important for me was introducing brand new characters using relationships that were embracing the history that we know to tell a story that is new — to go backwards to go forwards."
Abrams also collaborated with Johnson so the story would flow from one film into the next. He said he provided Johnson with ideas, while some of Johnson's ideas made it into "The Force Awakens."
"Star Wars: Episode VIII" is expected to hit theaters in May 2017, while "Star Wars: Episode IX" will arrive in 2019.