Writer Michael Waldron has moved from Doctor Strange 2 to Kevin Feige’s planned Star Wars movie – and has given an update.
Lucasfilm has remained tight-lipped regarding Star Wars on the big screen for the last couple of years or so. The critical drubbing of The Rise Of Skywalker at the tail-end of 2019 prompted the studio to say little about its future plans, aware that whatever was said would probably be given short shrift by frustrated fans. Any deviation from Lucasfilm’s strategy of silence – such as the announcement of Patty Jenkins’ Rogue Squadron, itself now facing an uncertain future – hasn’t t really worked out as the company might have hoped.
However, that doesn’t mean that things aren’t happening behind the scenes.
Michael Waldron, writer and executive producer on the upcoming Disney+ and Marvel show, Loki, not to mention the scribe behind Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness was hired some eighteen months ago to pen the script for Kevin Feige’s Star Wars project. We’ve known for a long now that Feige, the head of Marvel Studios, has been developing a Star Wars movie, but now Waldron is actively writing the script. Thus a detail or two has emerged, although little more than that at this point.
Feige has previously said that he is interested in exploring new stories outside of the series’ existing characters and settings and that seems to have been confirmed by Waldron who tells Variety “we’re finally into it in earnest. I mean, I’m writing away, It’s a lot of fun. I’m enjoying having the freedom on that to do something that’s not necessarily a sequel or anything. It maybe has a little bit less of a – it just doesn’t have a bunch of TV shows and movies that you’re servicing on top of it, the way I did with Doctor Strange. So it’s nice. It feels like a different exercise.”
A standalone Star Wars story, free from the continuity trappings of the dozen or so previous movies has long been clamoured for by some sections of the fanbase, so this will be welcome news to many. Despite knowing about this project for a couple of years already, with the scripting stage in progress (and Feige clearly being a busy man) it looks like it’s going to be quite the wait for this one, When we hear more though, we’ll be sure to let you know.
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