‘Star Wars’ Movie in Development from ‘Watchmen’ Showrunner Damon Lindelof and ‘Ms. Marvel’ Director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

‘Star Wars’ Movie in Development from ‘Watchmen’ Showrunner Damon Lindelof and ‘Ms. Marvel’ Director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is being tapped to direct a new Star Wars picture for Lucasfilm, as first reported in Deadline this week. Published reports indicate that Damon Lindelof is developing the project as a co-writer, though the identity of his writing colleague has yet to be revealed.

Neither Lucasfilm nor Obaid-Chinoy was available for comment on the secretive project. The last Star Wars release from the studio was in 2019, when Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker was launched. It’s likely the new film is still a ways off—light years?—since Lucasfilm has been focusing on other projects of late.

As reported by Angelique Jackson and Adam B. Vary in Variety: “News of the developing project comes as Lucasfilm is at a crossroads with Star Wars. While the studio has experienced great success with its live-action series for Disney+ — including The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Andor — it has not released a film in theaters since 2019’s The Rise of Skywalker.

Obaid-Chinoy, the Canadian-Pakistani director, is especially noted for her work highlighting the inequalities faced by women worldwide. She herself holds the record for being the first female film director to have won two Academy Awards by the age of 37. Recently, Obaid-Chinoy directed a few episodes of Ms. Marvel for Marvel Studios, and is acclaimed for having directed a number of Oscar-winning documentary shorts including Saving Face and A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness. Most recently, she’s been engaged in directing, for Paramount, an adaptation of Brilliance that will star Will Smith.

This will not be Lindelof’s first journey into space. He won Emmys for his work on HBO’s Watchmen in 2019. He also produced Star Trek in 2009 and was producer and co-writer of Star Trek Into Darkness in 2013. In addition, he co-wrote Prometheus, the 2012 prequel to Alien.

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