Jon Watts recently announced that he will direct the planned “Fantastic Four’ movies is no longer available. Now there should be another reason for this: Because he makes a “Star Wars”-Series.
Currently there are severalStar Warsseries in progress. The magazine Vanity Fair therefore published a background article. Its caption “Star Wars: The Rebellion Will Be Televised” alludes to the fact that the legendary franchise is currently taking place primarily on the small home screen and no longer on the big screen. As an example of this, not only ongoing projects such as “The Mandalorian’, the soon-to-be-launched ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ series and long-heralded titles like ‘Andor’, ‘Ahsoka’ and ‘The Acolyte’, but also one whose existence has so far been largely speculated and rumoured.
Because director Jon Watts, who directed all three “Spider-Man” films with Tom Holland for Marvel, is making an untitled “Star Wars”-Series. The project is currently codenamed Grammar Rodeo, which alludes to an episode of The Simpsons. Watts is collaborating on the project with author Christopher Ford, with whom he co-wrote the horror film Clown and thriller Cop Car earlier in his career. Ford was also involved in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
A good reference could be the aforementioned “Cop Car”, in which two ten-year-old boys steal a police car – and the “The Simpsons” clue also provides an indication. But first things first.
Stories like once from Spielberg now at “Star Wars”?
Because even if the story of the series is still kept under wraps, the journalist Anthony Breznican, known for his good industry contacts, was able to contribute in his background article Vanity Fairfor which he spoke with Kathleen Kennedy, Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, among others, to gather some information about Watts’ project.
So this series is said to be around the same time as “The Mandalorian’ and play ‘Book Of Boba Fett’ – namely after “Return of the Jedi” and the fall of the empire that took place there. In addition, there is already a casting call looking for four children around the age of eleven or twelve.
At Lucasfilm, the project will also be internal as “a galactic version of classic ’80s amblin coming-of-age adventure films” described. Amblin is the company that Steven Spielberg once founded together with “Star Wars”-boss Kathleen Kennedy and where films like “ET”, “Gremlins” and “The Goonies” were made in the 80s – they all have in common, that the focus is on very young characters who experience their own adventures and sometimes mess with authorities.
That reminds us of the Watts film “Cop Car” mentioned, which also deals with this topic. And remember the Simpsons codename “Grammar Rodeo” mentioned above? The reference is to “The Simpsons” episode “Bart On The Road” or “Journey to Knoxville”, the 20th episode of the 7th season of the acclaimed animated series. The plot: Bart and his classmates Nelson, Martin and Milhouse go on a road trip with a fake driver’s license and a rented car and explain their absence to their parents as supposedly attending a Grammar rodeo.
If we put all this evidence together: Let’s see in the newStar Wars”series by Jon Watts maybe four kids who snatch a spaceship from the collapsing empire and experience adventure with it?
We could find out more soon. Because a few months ago, rumors about this “Star Wars“ series the round. Even back then, Watts was being considered as a possible director of some episodes, and the working title “Grammar Rodeo” was appearing in production plans. At that time it was said that the series would start shooting in June 2022, which would soon be the case. On the Star Wars Celebration soon, an announcement can be expected.
In any case, the series sounds exciting simply because the “Star Wars”-universe, which recently relied heavily on the return of old heroes (Luke, Boba Fett, Obi-Wan,…), here with young kids in focus could show us a completely different facet.