A veteran director has been fired from the Disney movie universe after his new film was revealed as being set in the world of the Star Wars universe.
Robert Zemeckis has been the creative director for three Star Wars films and the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII.
In his first public comments since the film was announced, he said he was leaving the company to pursue other projects.
“I have decided that it is time for me to step away from the creative team of Star Wars, and to pursue more personal and creative pursuits,” he wrote on Twitter.
The news comes as Disney has announced the cast of the new Star Wars film, which is scheduled to open next year.
The announcement was made at a conference on Thursday, and the movie’s director, John Knoll, has been tapped to oversee the film.
Knoll, who directed the Oscar-winning “The Big Short” and the film that won the Best Picture Oscar for Martin Scorsese, said he would be stepping down from the film’s creative team.
“We are going to do a lot of reshoots of the film, and I think it will be one of the best films of the year,” he said.
The New York Times reports that Knoll is leaving the film over a conflict with Disney over the production of the movie.
In October, Disney announced that it had cast John Knoller to helm the next installment of the franchise.
It is not clear if he will direct the new film.
“John’s creative vision, his commitment to the franchise and the creative values of the story have been instrumental to making this possible,” said Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger.
“He is a gifted director with a deep knowledge of the world and of our company, and we are thrilled to have him join the team as we move forward.”
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the fourth installment in the “Star Wars” franchise, is scheduled for release on Dec. 18, 2019.