All the controversies about Star Wars’ director turnover has been blown way out of proportion according to Kathleen Kennedy. Chris Miller and Phil Lord had been hired for directing Solo: A Star Wars Story and they had been fired in 2017 over a few clashes with Kennedy, who had said there were “different creative visions” which led to parting ways with this duo. On Episode IX, The Rise of Skywalker, Kennedy had hired Colin Trevorrow for directing the movie that had been steered by J.J. Abrams on The Force Awakens and also Rian Johnson on The Last Jedi. One more clash with Kennedy had led to Trevorrow’s removal, and he had been replaced by Abrams.
“Nobody in our business develops something with one person, that’s it, and everything goes perfectly,” Kennedy had said.
“That’s a fairly common part of the process. We fall under incredible scrutiny because it’s Star Wars. Because of the quality I’m striving for, I’m reaching out to top talent, and vice versa.”
While talking about Trevorrow’s firing in an interview with io9, Kennedy had said that their parting of ways was because of creative differences.
“Well, I wouldn’t say it didn’t work. Colin was at a huge disadvantage, not having been a part of Force Awakens and in part of those early conversations because we had a general sense of where the story was going,” she had said.
“Like any development process, it was only in the development that we’re looking at a first draft and realizing that it was perhaps heading in a direction that many of us didn’t feel was really quite where we wanted it to go.”
Kennedy had added,
“And we were on a schedule, as we often are with these movies, and had to make a tough decision as to whether or not we thought we could get there in the time or not. And as I said, Colin was at a disadvantage because he hadn’t been immersed in everything that we all had starting out with Episode VII.”
Abrams had said that he was “never supposed to do” Episode IX.
“I always knew, when we were doing Episode VII, there were certain things that I felt, for me — and I was never supposed to do this movie — I would need to see at the end of this trilogy, at the end of these nine films,” Abrams had said.
“And then Kathleen Kennedy called and said, ‘Would you come on?’ One of the attractions was, ‘Ooh, I actually get to do these things,’ instead of backseat, ‘I wish, I wish.’”