Just this morning we were talking about how Lucasfilm under Kathleen Kennedy seems doomed to relegate its most famous franchises to TV, with Indiana Jones now possibly following onto a streaming service. Another “feature” of Lucasfilm is its approach to hiring directors for Star Wars.
It seems they simply say “Go and get me whoever is hot right now!” and then throw them a Star Wars project. Several months later that person then exits over creative differences. Josh Trank, Phil Lord, Chris Miller, Colin Trevorrow, the Game Of Thrones guys, the list goes on and on of directors who have simply had enough and walked away, or been fired for refusing to bow creatively to the people behind The Last Jedi.
The Latest One In
The director of Free Guy and the upcoming Deadpool 3 is the latest to become trapped in the Lucasfilm web. Don’t worry, if all the evidence is to be believed it will only be temporary.
Shawn Levy is in talks to develop a Star Wars movie to direct himself. Plot details are under wraps and no writer is yet attached, so standard Lucasfilm approach. Levy will start on this after he finishes up directing Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman in Deadpool 3.
This goes on the Star Wars project list alongside Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy directing something written by Damon Lindelof, plus Taika Waititi’s effort and the Patty Jenkins Rogue Squadron attempt that seems to yo-yo between cancelled and not. Plus Rian Johnson still genuinely believes he’s going to get a franchise. Bless!
It looks like Kathleen Kennedy and the Lucasfilm goons took the warning from Disney to stop announcing Star Wars projects that never happen and used it as toilet paper. Either they have cast iron contracts, or some pictures as collateral.
The Latest One Out
It wouldn’t be a Star Wars story without the counter balance news of another failed project and some exiting talent. J.D. Dillard (Sleight, Sweetheart) is no longer attached to his Star Wars project.
The Wrap has reported that Dillard’s effort, with Luke Cage writer Matt Owens scripting, is no longer happening. That was announced in February 2020 and becomes yet another example of exactly what Disney were warning Lucasfilm about. Dillard says that his project is:
“Unfortunately no longer a thing… it was not for lack of trying.”
Dillard also says he is no longer involved in the potential sequel to The Rocketeer.