We got some big news today about a new Star Wars movie in development! According to Deadline, Damon Lindelof is developing a new Star Wars film, with Sharmeen Obaid-Chinov set to direct it. Lindelof will co-write the project, and the script is currently being written.
That means that production isn’t imminent, but Deadline did mention that, “while it still seems a ways off, the feeling is given how pro-active execs were in finding a director for this film, that this Star Wars feature seems to have the most momentum out of all all the films currently in development at the studio.” That makes me think that it’s possible this could be the next Star Wars film to hit theaters, with some of the other movies in development seemingly stalled and delayed a bit, including Rogue Squadron and Taika Waititi’s film.
The Hollywood Reporter added more details about the project, including that Lindelof is co-writing the script with Justin Britt-Gibson. The report says that the writers room had a meeting in July after coming together at Star Wars Celebration, and that really got things rolling on the story. THR notes that this is a stand-alone film, but if it has success it’s possible it could lead to more.
But the most interesting and exciting part of THR’s report is that the story is expected to take place after The Rise of Skywalker, and while it will not continue the Skywalker saga, it could still feature some characters from the sequel trilogy.
That’s thrilling to me as a huge fan of the sequel trilogy, and I get super excited just thinking about the return of some of those characters. I’m guessing it’ll be a new story with new characters, but if we see some of these familiar cast members in cameo or supporting roles, it would be awesome and a cool way to connect to the saga while furthering the story.
All in all, then, this is awesome news. I think by now most of us come to take any reports of new Star Wars films with a grain of salt, because it’s possible it’ll never be made, but the fact that this project seems to have some momentum, a writing/directing team, and enough story details to indicate a time period and potential characters are all good signs. Let’s hope it gets made – and let’s hope it features the return of some of the beloved characters introduced over the past decade!