New ‘Star Wars’ Movie in the Works; What Lies Ahead for the Galaxy?

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Lucasfilm has put a new Star Wars feature into development.

The new project hails from director J.D. Dillard, who’s made two small genre films with street fantasy Sleight and horror film Sweetheart, and screenwriter Matt Owens (Luke Cage, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.).

THR first broke the news and Deadline confirmed it, the latter reporting that the potential film will be taking place on the hidden Sith planet of Exegol, which we visited in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. No further plot details are known at this time, nor is it known whether this will be a theatrical feature or a Disney+ movie.

It appears that Disney and Lucasfilm are in the midst of figuring out where to go from here, now that the Skywalker saga has come to a close and The Mandalorian‘s success suggests there’s strong small-screen potential for the franchise. While Rise of Skywalker did well, managing to crack a billion (U.S. dollars) worldwide, it was met with a highly conflicted fanbase. Then there’s the matter of the flop, Solo: A Star Wars Story, which earned $US393 million worldwide and forced Lucasfilm to halt their initial plans of moving full steam ahead with spinoff movies.

There’s been various recalculations going on at Lucasfilm, such as Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss stepping away from a planned trilogy they would help shepherd.

There’s also the long-long-long-gestating Obi-Wan Kenobi series, which hit a speed hump in January when the powers that be didn’t like the scripts that had been written and ordered a redo. Ewn McGregor remains attached. Who knows when that will finally hit screens.

The Last Jedi helmer Rian Johnson was also to develop a franchise arm, although it’s been quiet on that front for quite some time. Besides, Johnson looks to be moving onto a sequel to his successful whodunit Knives Out.

There’s also a Star Wars pitch from Marvel head Kevin Feige, who became attached to the Star Wars machine in September 2019. At this stage it appears that Feige’s potential Lucasfilm work will cover just one film, considering he remains firmly across the Marvel side of Disney, including the upcoming Marvel Disney+ shows.

Oh, and there’s also a Disney+ series on the way featuring Rogue One‘s Cassian Andor (with Diego Luna reprising the role). Of course, there’s no smooth sailing on that end either. The production has reportedly been delayed due to “script issues.”

Yes, a lot of question marks remain for the future of the galaxy.  One thing we do know: The Mandalorian season 2 will be hitting Disney+ in October of this year.

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