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Director Jon Watts to Follow Up Spider-Man with Star Wars

This scoop flew just under the radar among the news nuggets colliding in Hollywood – but it really shouldn’t have….

Do you like Spider-Man, as in the recent batch of “Home” themed flicks?


Do you like Star Wars?

Even better.

In Vanity Fair and the Hollywood Reporter, it says that “Spider-Man” director Jon Watts will helm a Disney+ Star Wars series.

Breznican Breaks Another Story

The uber Star Wars reporter, Anthony Breznican posted of the upcoming show:

Image: Marvel Entertainment

Another new series on the horizon doesn’t even have a title, just a code name: Grammar Rodeo, a reference to an episode of The Simpsons in which Bart and his schoolmates steal a car and run away for a week, using a phony educational event as an alibi. The show takes place during the post–Return of the Jedi reconstruction that follows the fall of the Empire, the same as The Mandalorian, but its plot remains a secret.

Anthony Breznican, Vanity Fair

But not too much of a secret.

“It’s created and executive-produced by director Jon Watts and writer Chris Ford, who made Spider-Man: Homecoming for Marvel,” wrote Breznican. “A casting notice has called for four children, around 11 to 12 years old. Inside Lucasfilm, the show is being described as a galactic version of classic Amblin coming-of-age adventure films of the ’80s.”

Goonies in Space?

Goonies. Image: Amblin Entertainment.

For whatever reason, I see Goonies in space. Or maybe Stand By Me. Anyway, what a nice change of pace, no?

The above explained away a nagging wonder along the lines of “Why in the heck would anyone walk away from a Marvel Studios version of The Fantastic Four?”

The Hollywood Reporter reminded readers what Watts and Marvel Studios said earlier this year.

Spider-Man: Far From Home Director Jon Watts and Tom Holland

“Making three Spider-Man films was an incredible and life-changing experience for me. I’m eternally grateful to have been a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for seven years,” said Watts in a statement. “I’m hopeful we’ll work together again, and I can’t wait to see the amazing vision for Fantastic Four brought to life.”

“Collaborating with Jon on the Spider-Man films has been a true pleasure. We were looking forward to continuing our work with him to bring the Fantastic Four into the MCU but understand and are supportive of his reasons for stepping away,” said Marvel’s Kevin Feige and Louis D’Esposito. “We are optimistic that we will have the opportunity to work together again at some point down the road.”

What’s Next?

Like when Feige starts production on HIS Star Wars project?

Stay tuned, “True Believers.” Stay tuned.

About Post Author

A graduate of Boston U. and Northeastern University, John Bishop, became the beat reporter for BostonBruins.com before the Boston Bruins 2006-07 NHL hockey season. While with the Black & Gold, “^BISH” traveled North America and Europe to cover the team's every move via laptop, blog, and smartphone. The co-author of two books, "Bygone Boston" and "Full 60 to History: The Inside Story of the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins," John also covered the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010 and the Bs 2011 Stanley Cup championship run and banner raising before taking a faculty/communications position at a prep school outside Boston in 2013. He lives with his wife Andrea, and sons Jack, Scott, and Luke, in central Massachusetts.

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