The republic that makes you old…
— The book by Adam Frazier (@AdamFrazier) Nov 5, 2021
But while Slashfilm is a reputable outlet and has previously reported correctly Star Wars firsts such as the casting of Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano in The Mandalorian season 2, a series of tweets claiming insider knowledge alone is not enough to call the rumors a fact. Last Friday, these were all rumors, regardless of the reliability of the leakers in the past.
Then, the following Monday, the THR report confirmed that: Rogue Squadron would not shoot again next year. The timing of the report and the fact that: Rogue Squadron moving on the Disney schedule certainly gives the Old Republic movie rumors a little more credibility. Suddenly things can fall into place, as @BigScreenLeaks claimed, now that Lucasfilm has time to make another theatrical release in 2022 if it wants to (The Mandalorian season 3 is also currently in production and will likely run next spring).
While there have been no major news outlets or transactions confirming the rumors so far, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard of Lucasfilm developing an Old Republic movie. In 2019, Buzzfeed reported that Lucasfilm was developing a Knights of the Old Republic film, with screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island, Alita: Battle Angel) writing the script. The report followed Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy’s own admission that the studio was thinking about how they could do more Dirty: “Yes, we are developing something to look at. Right now I have no idea where things might fall, but we have to be careful there is a cadence to Star Wars that doesn’t start to feel like too much.”
But Lucasfilm did not acknowledge Buzzfeed’s report at the time and has yet to officially confirm that an Old Republic movie is in development two years later. Could the studio finally unveil the project during Disney+ Day? And if the mystery movie isn’t supervised by MCU boss Kevin Feige or Thor: Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi – the other two Star Wars movies confirmed last year to be in active development by Disney – as BSL says, who is writing and directing this 2022 project?
Could this be part of Rian Johnson’s long-lost trilogy of? Star Wars movies announced in 2017? Probably not; the director is busy with his Blades off sequel to Netflix. THR also reported in 2020 that: Luke Cage writer Matt Owens and honey director JD Dillard developed a Star Wars movie, but we haven’t heard anything else about that project either.
And the plot thickens: @BigScreenLeaks (via CBR) this week made a separate claim that Academy Award-winning director Chloe Zhao (nomad land, Eternals) is in talks to direct the film Feige has been working on Loki writer Michael Waldron. Zhao has previously said she would like to work with Feige on his Star Wars movie, but that’s still no confirmation of anything. No other details about this movie have been announced yet.
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