Add another gravestone to the Lucasfilm graveyard of unrealized feature projects, as TheWrap has learned that JD Dillard’s “Star Wars” movie (first reported in February 2020) is no longer happening.
While talking to TheWrap about “Devotion,” his standout new naval aviation film starring Jonathan Majors and Glen Powell, we touched on a few of the productions he’s been linked to over the past few years, including “Star Wars.” . Apparently none of them are a “go” project anymore.
About “Star Wars”, he said it was “unfortunately no longer a thing”. “It wasn’t for lack of trying,” Dillard explained. Not that he’s totally finished with the idea of making a space movie. It’s just that this time, “it will be an original idea”.
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When we asked him what his ‘Star Wars’ movie would be feel like, he stopped short, hesitant to divulge too much. But he said playing an early “Star Wars” computer game called “TIE Fighter” changed his life.
“My dad being an aviator, we had a bunch of flight simulators,” Dillard said, including “TIE Fighter.” “I’ve been playing this game for months. And my dad drives it with me. And I’m like, ‘Man, this game is so cool.’ And he’s like, ‘Well, you know, this game is from a movie series.’ And I was like, ‘You’re kidding me.’ It was there that I first watched “Star Wars” and realized the full extent of what it meant to build a world because I was playing this pseudo-16-bit game.
Also Not Happening: Disney’s ‘Return of the Rocketeer’, a project Dillard has been linked to since 2020. “I’m not on this movie,” Dillard said. “But, you know, it’s tricky. I love, love, love ‘The Rocketeer’. What I have a little trouble understanding now is going back to pre-1970 aviation. You know, I’m not saying never. But I think I need a break from vintage aviation. While Dillard admits he has “no idea what version of this story they’re setting up”, he’s quite confident that “it would have a lot of common DNA with ‘Devotion'”. I hope you can tell the difference between “Sleight”, “Sweetheart” and “Devotion”, so as not to make the same film twice. I’m going to stay steady on that.
Another project Dillard was loosely tied to was JJ Abrams’ Black Superman project for DC and Warner Bros. (Dillard started working alongside Abrams on “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”) which I never mentioned. “JJ is a hero of mine, a mentor and someone very dear to me. He totally has my email and phone number if this is going to be a conversation,” Dillard said. is not something that was presented to me.”
We’ll have a lot more of our long conversation with Dillard ahead of the November 23 release of “Devotion.”
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