Acclaimed director JD Dillard says his Star Wars movie died on the vine.
By Micheleen Martin | Posted
If you were waiting Dedication director JD Dillard to reveal more news about the Star Wars movie he’s developing, we hope you weren’t waiting underwater. Dillard recently told The Wrap (via Murphy’s Multiverse) that his project set in the universe created by George Lucas has not materialized. The director didn’t elaborate on what happened, but said “it wasn’t for lack of trying,” suggesting that for some reason Lucasfilm didn’t want what it was selling. .
Pressed to find out what his Star Wars movie would have been, Dillard avoided going into specifics, instead talking about how the franchise first impacted him creatively. “My father being an aviator, we had a bunch of flight simulators, including TIE-FighterDillard recalls.
“I’ve been playing this game for months. And my dad is piloting it with me… And he’s like, ‘Well, you know, this game is from a movie series.’ »
It was then that JD Dillard watched his first Star Wars movie, which was the first Star Wars movie. He said the video game experience before the film gave him an interesting perspective on what Lucas had created. it helped him realize “the full extent of what it meant to build a world because I was playing this pseudo-16-bit game”.
Again, while JD Dillard didn’t share exactly what happened with the Star Wars movie he was developing, he did say something that might be a clue regarding his frustration. He made a point of telling The Wrap that if he does continue to do a space movie in the future, it would be something original as opposed to being part of a franchise like Star Wars. Perhaps coping with the demands of a franchise — especially one that seems much more devoted to streaming series these days — proved too frustrating for the director.
This is just speculation, but given Dillard’s words about his father and his early gaming experiences TIE-Fighter, it seems likely that the Star Wars movie he was developing could have been a space combat movie. His last movie, Dedicationis a biographical war drama starring Jonathan Majors (Loki) and Glen Powell (The Expendables 3) as famous U.S. Navy pilots of the Korean War. You’d think he was dying to lead epic space battles between TIE Fighters and X-Wings.
Sadly, this JD Dillard short story is becoming more and more common in the Star Wars film franchise. In September, it was finally confirmed that Patty Jenkins Thieves Squadron had been cancelled. Meanwhile, projects like Rian Johnson’s Star Wars trilogy appear to be in limbo, with rumors rampant that other announced films like Taika Waititi’s have also been canceled or delayed.
Lost Co-creator Damon Lindelof is apparently developing a new Star Wars movie, but it’s still in its early stages and the script is still being worked on.