To many, the chance to have any creative input on one of your favorite franchises sounds like a dream come true, but as Colin Trevorrow recently revealed, along with those opportunities come sacrifices. Now that the director is planning where the story will go in Episode IX, he has sacrificed being able to merely enjoy The Last Jedi as a fan, as he's privy to all the ins and outs of how the film will unfold.
When speaking with Empire, Trevorrow confessed, "Unfortunately, [The Last Jedi director] Rian's [Johnson] film is the first one I won't be able to watch as an audience member. I got that privilege with The Force Awakens. I just got to go see it with a Star Wars fan. I got to sit next to my kid and just giggle as we read the crawl because we were so excited."
Trevorrow continued, "Rogue One was the same way. I didn't see it in advance. That time is over now. Star Wars is no longer that experience for me. If there's anything kind of sad about it, it's that I don't get to have that."
Although the comment might sound like a silly complaint, as he gets to leave his mark on the series of films, Trevorrow reassures, "But I wouldn't trade it, don't get me wrong."
The director is so familiar with The Last Jedi, in fact, he asked Johnson if he could film something for him that could be used in Episode IX.
When appearing on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, the host asked if Trevorrow had any requests of Johnson, much like Johnson requested J.J. Abrams make a slight narrative tweak for The Force Awakens.
"There was one little thing," Trevorrow confessed. "It wasn’t an adjustment, it was just 'Could you shoot this one extra thing while you’re in this place on this day?' And he did, which was great."
With three different filmmakers involved in the process of crafting this trilogy, there's clearly a lot of collaboration involved.
"It’s part of the collaborative process that exists – everyone is in communication," Trevorrow detailed. "There’s such a genuine want to get this right from everybody, and I think that one of the misconceptions is that there’s some kind of great corporate overlord that is dictating this story to everybody, and that’s what it’s going to be because that’s going to sell the most toys."
Episode IX is still two years away from being released, but considering the poor reviews of the director's recent film, The Book of Henry, audiences are highly curious of the direction the saga will take following The Last Jedi.