It seems like it’s all change again in the future of Star Wars movies, with some movies moving forward, a couple of others out of active development.
Next month sees London host the annual Star Wars Celebration event where there are plenty of rumours that the cinematic future of Star Wars will be revealed. Lucasfilm has been working with a shifting slate of projects for some time now, enjoying lots of success on the small screen with projects like The Mandalorian, Andor and Obi-Wan Kenobi whilst the theatrical side of the Star Wars universe has remained in hiatus for the last few years. That’s since 2019’s unloved The Rise Of Skywalker ended the decades-long Skywalker saga without many to cheer for it.
Variety is reporting that as it stands, there are two Star Wars films in active development.
Taika Waititi’s project is still underway, with plans for the filmmaker to also appear onscreen in some capacity too. That one is supposedly still at the early writing stage though, meaning it might miss out out on the proposed return date for Star Wars to hit cinemas, that being December 2025.
According to the report, as it stands it’s the Damon Lindelof-penned project that has the best chance of ushering Star Wars back into cinemas. That project is set to be directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy who recently helmed a couple of episodes of Disney’s Ms Marvel show. We heard last October that this project had the most traction and some six months later, that still appears to be the case.
The report also clarifies the status of a couple of other projects, namely Kevin Feige’s unnamed Star Wars film and Patty Jenkins’ Rogue Squadron. Whilst neither film has been outright cancelled, neither are in active development at the moment. Feige project’s screenwriter, Michael Waldron, has been hired by the man himself to take up writing duties on the MCU Secret Wars project instead.
Next month might clarify things but with lots of updates for Disney+ projects inbound too, it’s possible Star Wars Celebration only gives us one theatrical reveal so announcements don’t get lost in the churn. After all, grand theatrical slates that span multiple years come with their own risks, especially given Lucasfilm’s spotty track record of getting projects into gear over the last few years. We’ll bring you more on this story as we hear it.
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