Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World) has again confided in his Star Wars episode IX, which was canceled by Kathleen Kennedy before seeing the light of day. His aborted film also bore a title still present in The Rise of Skywalker.
Currently in the midst of promoting Jurassic World: The World After, director Colin Trevorrow was asked about his aborted Star Wars movie project. In 2016, he was indeed to write episode IX of the Skywalker saga for the big screen, before his script was simply rejected. Its grandiloquent title was full of mystery.
This alternative episode IX was indeed to be called Duel of the Fates (literally “The clash of destinies”). A title which will become one of the titles of the soundtrack of the definitive episode IX, signed John Williams:
We would have seen the training of Rey by the ghost of Luke, who moreover haunts Kylo Ren. The resistance against the First Order would have been led by Leia Organa, and the big bad would have been the famous Darth Plagueis, Palpatine’s master, who would have returned (he is supposed to have died before The Phantom Menace).
One of the concerns of the Trevorrow screenplay is that the character of Leia is present in it in a very active way and that in 2016, in the middle of the writing phase, the actress Carrie Fisher suddenly died.
Whether it’s the death of the actress or another reason, Colin Trevorrow has never revealed the exact reasons for the rejection of his script by Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, the producing firm of the Star Wars saga. At the microphone ofUproxxhe recently commented:
[Kathleen Kennedy] had the wisdom to see something that honestly I couldn’t have seen because I was too into the story I wanted to tell.
It’s always hard to be told that a project you’ve imagined and detailed over 130 pages will end up in the trash, but Trevorrow says he doesn’t hold any grudges:
It was complicated, but honestly, now that we’re talking about it in 2022, I can say that I’m very grateful to Kathy for acknowledging that neither she nor I were going to be able to make a movie that we could both be proud.
A situation all the more delicate as Kathleen Kennedy is married to Frank Marshall, with whom Trevorrow had just made Jurassic World with Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard and intended to work again.
“[Kathleen Kennedy] been doing this for so long, she likes me and it’s reciprocal (…). Frank [Marshall] and I still work together (…). It was a complicated moment, but today I was able to do [Jurassic World] and feel that that’s what I… I’m glad I did it. (…) I am deeply satisfied with it”.
Finally, spectators were able to discover in theaters The Rise of Skywalker, a feature film directed by JJ Abrams and also bringing back a villain from the past: Palpatine. This film has been one of the least well received of the saga since its beginning in 1977.