Untitled ‘Star Wars’ Series Eyeing Jon Watts To Direct

Thanks largely to the success of The Mandalorian and The Book Of Boba Fett, yet another Star Wars series is in the works at Disney+, and Spider-Man: No Way Home director Jon Watts is reportedly being eyed to helm the project.

Little is known about the series right now, but it was revealed earlier this month that the project is heading into production under the working title Grammar Rodeo. Sources say that Disney is looking to create a live-action series geared towards a younger audience and that it could potentially be tied into the recent multimedia rollout of Star Wars: The High Republic.

While The High Republic is a primarily publishing-based initiative – consisting of various stories from the franchise set during the ‘High Republic’ sub-era of the Age of Republic, roughly 200 years before the Star Wars films and 800 years after the fall of the ‘Old Republic’ – it did make the jump into the video game realm with Star Wars: Tales From Galaxy’s Edge.

Cinelinx, who broke the story about the project possibly being a kid-focused High Republic-era story, have described the series as “Stranger Things in space” and report that filming is expected to begin as early as June.

If Watts does indeed sign on to direct, it will likely only be for the pilot, although it would probably be a high-profile pilot anyway. Obviously his success with the Spider-Man films have influenced the interest in him, as those films make the most out of their young cast and have made Tom Holland a star. Disney would love something similar here.

Watts also has recent experience directing a TV pilot, as he helmed the first episode of The Old Man, an upcoming thriller series set to premiere on FX with Jeff Bridges, John Lithgow, and Alia Shawkat starring.

With the Obi-Wan Kenobi series coming soon, and no doubt a bunch more Star Wars TV shows in the works, Disney is not slowing down on what is arguably their biggest cash cow.

While there might be a question of whether too much Star Wars might dilute the brand and lead fans to burn out on it, that’s something Disney isn’t going to worry about until the profits begin slowing down.


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