Damon Lindelof is already working on the new Star Wars movie which now also has a director. Deadline reports that Lindelof, best known for his work on The Lost, The Leftovers, and the Watchmen TV series, is co-writing the script, and the movie will be directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, who directed two episodes of Ms. Marvel.
Lindelof is a longtime Star Wars fan, and earlier this week rumors began circulating that he was co-writing a movie in the franchise. Now, although the script is still being written, Obaid-Chinoy has been hired at an early stage so that she can take part in the development, according to press reports. Lindelof has an extensive track record of working on genre franchises, including his work on Star Trek, Lost, and the acclaimed Watchmen miniseries for HBO.
There’s no word on what the movie will be about or when it might come out, but it’s not in the near future. io9’s sources have heard that Taika Waititi’s film, whatever it is, is likely to be the next, but Deadline says that “this Star Wars feature seems to have the most momentum out of all the films currently in development at the studio.” This means Lucasfilm has several projects in development for the big screen but doesn’t want to rush them, especially with a franchise that’s finding new life on Disney+.
Disney doesn’t have a Star Wars movie on its release schedule until 2025. That seems like a long time, but with shows like The Mandalorian, Ahsoka, Andor, and more coming out in the next two years, it makes sense. The date gives the company time to let the projects develop and then ultimately decide which one will be the next in theaters. Patty Jenkins’ Rogue Squadron was supposed to be the first film after The Rise of Skywalker, but it was officially pulled from the schedule earlier this year.
The news is all the more surprising because in the past Lindelof has only expressed interest in Star Wars as a fan, but not as a creative force.