It’s been less than 24 hours since Damon Lindelof’s Star Wars film was confirmed by the trades and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s involvement as director was announced. This evening, The Hollywood Reporter has come forward with some more news about the project, including key details about when the film may take place.
According to THR, Damon Lindelof is not writing the film alone. In fact, the site claims a writer’s room was put together immediately after this year’s Star Wars celebration. The room consisted several on-the-rise writers including of Patrick Somerville (who is still coming off the success of HBO’s Station Eleven), Lucasfilm alum Rayna McClendon (Obi-Wan Kenobi, Willow), and Justin Britt-Gibson (Guillermo Del Toro’s The Strain, Amazon’s Counterpart).
Of all the writers involved, Justin Britt-Gibson was ultimately selected to work on the film with Lindelof. Now, the two are said to be chipping away at the new story, but that’s not all.
The Hollywood Reporter’s piece also alleges that the plan is for the new film to take place after the events of The Rise of the Skywalker AND that it will not be another continuation of the Skywalker Saga. Instead, their sources say it’ll be a brand new standalone story.
This project will likely be Star Wars return to the big screen, as Taika Waititi’s film is still in the very early stages of development, Kevin Feige’s Star Wars movie is being written by Michael Waldron, and Patty Jenkins’ Rogue Squadron appears to be squashed.
There have been no updates on any of the other projects from Waititi, Jenkins, or Feige, which makes the future of the franchise even harder to field. Fortunately, there is no shortage of Star Wars content coming to the small screen for the next few years. Andor is in full swing on it’s first season with The Mandalorian season 3 and Ahsoka coming next year. Lucasfilm is no rush for big screen content and will take their time to get this project right.