When the history of this troubled period at Lucasfilm and the slow near-death of Star Wars is written, the roll-call of talent that walked or was pushed away will be the defining feature of that history.

I say near-death because I don’t believe it will ever be completely killed, despite the best efforts of many of the current custodians, with a couple of notable exceptions.


Lord and Miller, Josh Trank, Colin Trevorrow, David Benioff, and Dan Weiss have recently been joined by Patty Jenkins and Kevin Feige. Rian Johnson is not happening, for various reasons.

This leaves only Taika Waititi and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy left standing. The latter has Watchmen showrunner Damon Lindelof attached to co-write with Justin Britt-Gibson, pulling together a story said to be set after The Rise Of Skywalker.

Lindehof was asked at SXSW about the project, and he did not make encouraging noises to Slashfilm:

“I will just say, that for reasons that I can’t get into on this Sunday morning, on this day, the degree of difficulty is extremely, extremely, extremely high. If it can’t be great, it shouldn’t exist.

That’s all I’ll say, because I have the same association with it as you do, which is, it’s the first movie I saw sitting in my dad’s lap, four years old, May of ’77.

I think it’s possible that sometimes when you hold something in such high reverence and esteem, you start to get in the kitchen and you just go, ‘Maybe I shouldn’t be cooking. Maybe I should just be eating.’ We’ll just leave it at that point.”

This sounds very much like a man who, when faced with the enormity of the task and the expectations of the fans such as himself, is feeling like walking away.

Something is expected to be announced Star Wars Celebration in London on April 7th in the form of a new movie. Several have been announced before. None have come to pass.

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