During the “Directors on Directing” panel at Comic-Con@Home over the weekend, director Colin Trevorrow opened up a little bit about his experience of being attached Star Wars: Episode IX. As you know, things didn’t work out between Lucasfilm and him, but he did do a lot of work on developing the film before they parted ways.
There has been a lot of stuff revealed regarding Trevorrow’s vision of the film, which would have been titled Star Wars: Duel of the Fates. Now he’s revealed a cool-looking unused TIE Marauder ship that would have been in the film. He also talked about his “traumatic departure.”
When it comes to the ship, the director said:
“So this is one of the – my son and I designed a ship, I have two ships. One of them is at the theme park at Disneyland. This is the other one, and it only exists in this 3D model. It’s called a TIE Marauder, and for Christmas the guys painted it for me – I only had this in a 3D model. Now this is the only one in the world, and it’s an amazing memory for me when I got to do something that was an incredible experience from start to finish that I was able to make a Star Wars ship with my son.”
When talking about leaving the project, Trevorrow explained:
“We were [in] art and writing [when I left Star Wars], it was a development thing. It was script development. I guess the lesson from it is – I’ve been very fortunate in the films that I’ve directed, the path that I wanted to follow and the path that everyone involved wanted to follow was the same. It’s totally possible for two people to see two totally different paths through the woods. That was just an experience that obviously you can imagine, it can get to the point of being traumatic when there’s something that you care about that much and you’ve invested that much in it. But that’s one of the things that you accept when you take on any role in film, especially when you become a storyteller, that there are gonna be heartbreaks. There’s gonna be crushing disappointments and then there’s gonna be victories and hopefully they’ll balance out in the end.”
I would have actually liked to see Trevorrow’s vision of Star Wars. I think it would have been better than what Abrams ended up giving us. But, we’ll never know!
If you want, you can watch the “Directors on Directing” panel below: