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Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were set to helm a Star Wars movie that was going to come out in 2022, but now that they’ve left the project, Lucasfilm is suddenly left with a void to fill. As it turns out, Kathleen Kennedy has already found someone to helm the next Star Wars movie after The Rise of Skwyalker.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, a director has already been chosen for 2022’s Star Wars movie, but no announcement will be made until January of next year. Oddly enough, Lucasfilm didn’t decide to push forward with Rian Johnson’s Star Wars trilogy instead; I don’t see this as him getting fired, but rather just him taking time with development. Everyone knows how fans can be with less-than-stellar Star Wars films.
Personally I loved the one-movie-a-year format that Lucasfilm was going for since 2015, but admittedly the risks have been getting costly with anthology films, like with Rogue One hiring Tony Gilroy for reshoots and Solo losing its directors late into production. Hopefully Disney+ shows will lessen the risk, but I do admit I prefer watching Star Wars with an audience, and not alone at home.
Hopefully Lucasfilm comes to terms with a format that everyone will be pleased with. While I do love The Mandalorian, I would have gladly paid for a movie in the theater. You expect me to wait every week for 30 minutes of the Obi-Wan show? I mean, I’ll do it, but I’d be much happier with a film.
For now, you can catch Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in theaters Dec. 20.