Is a new Star Wars movie looming on the edge of a not-so-distant galaxy? According to a report in The Ankler, Jeff Sneider says that Damon Lindelof may be working on just such an item for Lucasfilm.
Lindelof, who created The Watchmen and The Leftovers series for HBO, and also co-created Lost for ABC, had expressed interest in a new Star Wars product as early as 2020. He was quoted then as saying: “At some point, but certainly not in the immediate future. I feel like I would love to do something in the Star Wars universe. Maybe a decade from now when I would no longer be blamed for ruining it. That would be a hoot.”
Neither Lindelof nor Lucasfilm responded to reporters’ queries about the rumor, prompting B J Colangelo to comment on Slashfilm that their no-comment stance has been fueling speculation that “there might be some truth to the grapevine.” Colangelo continued: “If the rumors are true, we should all brace ourselves for the impending nerdy discourse…”
Rumor or not, there’s ample evidence that Lindelof’s credentials would make him a likely candidate for such an undertaking. He co-produced Star Trek in 2009 and its sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness. In addition, he contributed his writing skills to a galaxy of genre films that include Cowboys vs. Aliens, The Hunt, Prometheus, Tomorrowland, and World War Z. More recently, he has been working on the Mrs. Davis series for Warner Bros. Television. Lindelof is the recipient of three Primetime Emmy Awards, having been nominated a dozen times.
The acclaimed writer-producer is also part of the Marvel Comics universe, being the author of the six-issue miniseries Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk, published in 2008 and 2009. In 2012, he wrote the first issue of DC Comic’s Legends of the Dark Knight.
In 2010, basking in the glow from his original Star Wars productions, Lindelof was named by Time magazine as one of the world’s 100 most influential people.