UPDATED: Colin Trevorrow on Directing ‘Star Wars’? — “I Promise You… I Will Make It Not Suck”

By  · Published on November 18th, 2012

Update: Apparently in response to our find, Trevorrow tweeted the following this evening: “To clarify, there is another film we all love that I’m currently trying not to mess up. Odds I will direct Episode VII: 3720 to 1.

Also, when asked if he’s officially stating that he’s out of the running to direct Star Wars, he tweeted, “That is what I am saying.

While we wait for an official decision on who will be directing Star Wars Episode VII, the rumors continue flowing in as to who might be up for the gig. Earlier this month, Safety Not Guaranteed helmer Colin Trevorrow was named as someone who has actually had meetings at Lucasfilm and is definitely on the list of contenders. Well, now something else has come to our attention that could be an actual confirmation that the Hollywood newcomer is following his debut with a trip to the Star Wars galaxy.

Reader Lenny Crist sent us a video from way back in June of Trevorrow talking to Spencer Fornaciari of The MacGuffin podcast in which he claims his next project will involve him tackling a mythology with a substantial fanbase, part of which will likely be angry with him for landing the gig. Check out the potentially revealing interview (specifically from 21:45 to 22:24) and a transcript of what he says after the break.

For those who want the text, here’s exactly what Trevorrow says about an unnamed new project:

“I can’t speak with any specificity as to what the next thing will be. There are amazing opportunities that have arisen as a result of this. One of them, I will say, will probably create a good deal of ire against me on the Internet when people find out what it is. So, I just want to say in advance that I promise you, for all those who love the mythology that I will be tackling, trust that I love it as much as you do. And I will respect it, and hopefully make it not suck.”

At the time, of course, the ambiguous statement couldn’t have possibly been interpreted as being about Star Wars. But now that the film has been announced and especially with his name rumored already, there is no denying that this is what he was talking about. And it certainly sounds like he’s sure he is on board rather than merely a contender for the gig.

The statement also seems similar to the less sure comment Trevorrow made recently while at the Stockholm International Film Festival in an interview with Moviezine. Translated (via Google) from Swedish:

I would not comment much on it, but I’m as much a Star Wars fan like everyone else who grew up with it as one of the most important in their lives. I am deeply aware of how incredibly important it is for billions of people. It really is a mythology, and possibly also a religion for many. I can not comment on what my involvement would be, but I can definitely say that I would love to direct a Star Wars movie at some point in my life.It would be incredible. I will not be deterred by it. While I understand that every thinking director who cares about the series as much as I do, would be afraid to ruin something. But I also believe that there is a risk that many directors would gladly take, precisely because they care so much about it.

Who knows when he or another filmmaker will be announced, but if Trevorrow turns out not to be the director of Episode VII, maybe George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy have been looking at names for the entire next trilogy – which we already know has been plotted out by screenwriter Michael Arndt – and he has been slated instead for Episode VIII or Episode IX.

Thanks again to Lenny Crist for the find and h/t.

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Christopher Campbell began writing film criticism and covering film festivals for a zine called Read, back when a zine could actually get you Sundance press credentials. He's now a Senior Editor at FSR and the founding editor of our sister site Nonfics. He also regularly contributes to Fandango and Rotten Tomatoes and is the President of the Critics Choice Association's Documentary Branch.