Lucasfilm has tapped “Sleight” director JD Dillard to take on a Star Wars film with “Luke Cage” writer Matt Owens. It is still undecided by executives whether to give it the theatrical treatment or prioritize it for the budding Disney+ streaming platform.
According to an exclusive from The Hollywood Reporter, “It is unclear whether Dillard would direct if the project moves forward. The Dillard project is understood to be unrelated to a Star Wars film pitch by Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige and potential work from ‘Last Jedi’ director Rian Johnson.” The report only confirms the setting is Exegol, a Sith planet.
A huge credit to the Disney+ streaming numbers goes to Star Wars’ “The Mandalorian,” steered by show creator Jon Favreau. Several Star Wars series are reportedly in various stages of development, with Disney Chairman Bob Iger suggesting a huge role in television content for the franchise’s future. This seems to be bowing well for the Marvel end of the streaming spectrum, where shows like “Loki,” “WandaVision” and “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” are paving new creative trajectories for the MCU.
The franchise’s latest, the saga-ending “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” grossed over $513 million at the domestic box office and well over $1 billion at the worldwide mark. It was directed by J.J. Abrams, who also helmed “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” The next theatrical relaase from the franshise is slated for Dec. 16, 2022, with other titles planned for Dec. 2024 and Dec. 2026.
Owens is currently co-writing “One Piece,” a manga to live-action adaptation for Netflix. He is also a credited writer on Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D.” Netflix recently released Dillard’s own “Sweetheart,” a 2019 Sundance premiere in the vein of a creature feature thriller, starring Kiersey Clemons. Dillard’s “Sleight” also screened in Utah back in 2016. Dillard’s other projects include “Judy Goose,” “Mariah,” “Two Sentence Horror Stories” and an episode of “Utopia.”