Sep
05
2017

Director who directed “The Book of Henry” no longer directing “Star Wars IX.”

Sorry.  I thought that I should provide some possible context…

Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX. Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ. We wish Colin the best and will be sharing more information about the film soon.

…since the above statement declines to give any whatsoever. As has been noted on Twitter, Disney has tossed three directors on two Star Wars films this year; clearly, the Mouse is King Stork, not King Log. Did Trevorrow’s critical and (almost certainly) financial flop have anything to do with that?  I dunno; it depends on your opinion of Disney.  I think that it’s at least reasonable to assume that The Book of Henry at least destroyed whatever margin for error the director would have had. Disney is unlikely to take any chances, as this corporate training video from the 1970s will demonstrate:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpLZiuZQrfU

That clip from Million Dollar Duck almost perfectly illustrates the Disney philosophy towards Star Wars.  They know that there’s insane crazy money in it, they’re not quite 100% sure how you get the insane crazy money, but they know that the insane crazy money will eventually come if you don’t do anything stupid like do risky stuff with the goose. In retrospect, making a movie that could be only slightly unfairly described as “Home Alone* meets The Manchurian Candidate” might have seemed just a bit like risky stuff.

Moe Lane

*Hey, that movie franchise is old enough to reboot! …Yes, I’ll come along quietly.  No, it’s fair.  I deserve my fate.

2 Comments

  • Jay says:

    Yes, but they should go for the Home Alone 3 approach: new family, new dysfunction, same kid takes on bad guys and wins. Speaking of HA3, I just learned Scarlett Johansson played the older sister… And now I feel old.

  • Aruges says:

    As I remember, wasn’t a plot point in Million Dollar Duck that FDR’s ban on private ownership of gold was still in effect?

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