‘Star Wars’: J.D. Dillard’s Movie No Longer Happening!!

J.D. Dillard is no longer attached to direct any Star Wars movies, according to reporting by The Wrap. This news comes a few weeks ahead of the release of his Korean War film Devotion, and on the heels of reports that indicated that Shawn Levy is in talks to direct a Star Wars film. In addition to the unfortunate news that Dillard has walked away from his plans for a galaxy far, far away, the report also revealed that he is no longer attached to the Rocketeer sequel he was set to direct. The plans for the sequel were set into motion two years ago, but it is unclear if someone else will step in to helm the sequel or if the project is scrapped entirely.

In an interview with The Wrap about his upcoming film, Dillard was asked about a few of the in-production projects that he had been attached to over the last few years, with one of them being the unnamed Star Wars film. Dillard explained that these projects, including Star Wars, were no longer “go” projects. Specifically, on Star Wars, Dillard said that it was “unfortunately no longer a thing,” though it “was not for lack of trying.” He did say that he is still interested in making some sort of space film, but now it would be an “original idea.”

Dillard said that he didn’t want to discuss too much of what the film would have been like when asked, though he did cite the video game TIE Fighter as a heavy influence. He told The Wrap:

My dad being an aviator, we had a bunch of flight simulators [including “TIE Fighter”] I’m playing this game for months. And my dad’s flying it with me. And I’m like, ‘Man, this game is just so cool.’ And he’s like, ‘Well, you know, this game comes from a series of movies.’ And I was like, ‘You’re kidding me.’ That is where I watched ‘Star Wars’ for the first time and realized the full scope of what it meant to world build because I’d been playing this pseudo-16-bit game.

The Future of Star Wars Is Still Bright

While Dillard‘s film is no longer being made, Disney has no shortage of content coming from the galaxy far, far away. A brand-new report has set up Deadpool 3 director Shawn Levy to direct a Star Wars film, joining the list of projects that include a currently unnamed film from Taika Waititi and a Rogue Squadron film based on the beloved video game series directed by Patty Jenkins. On the Disney+ series side, The Acolyte from Leslye Headland recently entered production starring Amandla Stenberg and Squid Game star Lee Jung-jae and Season 3 of The Mandalorian is set to premiere next year on the streaming service. Other projects making their way to Disney+ include the Rosario Dawson-starring Ahsoka as well as a second season of the animated anthology series Star Wars: Visions and a follow-up to fellow animated series Star Wars: The Bad Batch.

Dillard‘s upcoming film Devotion is set to soar into theaters on November 23, 2022. Stay tuned to Collider for future news on upcoming Star Wars projects.


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