Lucasfilm and Disney released a joint statement today announcing that the sequel to Star Wars: The Last Jedi is currently without a director:
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.
According to THR, the relationship between Trevorrow and Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy had become “unmanageable,” at least partially due to problems with Trevorrow’s script. Kennedy recently butted heads with Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the directors of the Young Han Solo prequel spinoff, and fired them mid-production, bringing in Ron Howard to finish the movie, so it’s not surprising that she decided to let Trevorrow go once the relationship soured.