Last week, we reported on some new details on Disney’s new Rocketeer movie in the works, and in the story, we included Sleight director J.D. Dillard and his interest in directing the project. Well. Disney has tapped him for an even bigger project.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lucasfilm has commissioned Dillard and Luke Cage writer Matt Owens to develop a brand new Star Wars film. As of now, it is unknown if the film is being developed for a theatrical release or for Disney’s streamer Disney+.
Plot and character details are being kept under wraps at this time. It is also unclear if Dillard would direct the feature or just writing a draft of the script. Industry insiders are saying that the film is not connected to the film Marvel Studios president is working or the set of films Rian Johnson is circling.
As of now, Star Wars theatrical presence is on hiatus while Lucasfilm is hard at work developing their Disney+ slate of series that include The Mandalorian season two, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and the Rogue One Cassian Andor prequel series. The studio released the first episode of the seventh and final season of The Clone Wars today on the streamer. An untitled theatrical Star Wars film remains dated for Dec. 16, 2022, with other films planned for Dec. 2024 and Dec. 2026.
Despite being on a hiatus Disney and Lucasfilm remain adamant that the big screen is a priority for the Star Wars universe. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker recently became the fourth film released under Disney hit the $1 billion mark following The Force Awakens, Rogue One, and The Last Jedi. Though Iger did admit last year that the studio “might’ve put a little bit too much in the marketplace too fast.”
Source: The Hollywood Reporter