While George Lucas was the sole director on the Star Wars prequel trilogy, Lucasfilm has been harkening back to the Original Trilogy era by hiring different directors to helm each installment of the latest Star Wars series. J.J. Abrams got the ball rolling with The Force Awakens, Rian Johnson then grabbed the reins for The Last Jedi and Colin Trevorrow will finish off the new trilogy with Episode IX. However, these directors still collaborate with one another not just to ease the transition, but to strengthen the movies overall. For instance, Trevorrow asked Johnson if he would shoot an extra scene during The Last Jedi‘s production to help set up Episode IX. Trevorrow explained:
“There was one little thing. 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. But, y’know, it’s part of the collaborative process that exists — everyone is in communication. 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. The reality of it is that it’s a small group of people, but it’s actually kind of large, when you think about it — and none of them are corporate, all of them are creatives and all of them are genuinely, very sincerely, wanting to do the work of their lives in order to realize this.”
The Star Wars saga continues on December 15 with the release of The Last Jedi, and Episode IX will hit theaters on May 24, 2019.