Everything Everywhere All at Once‘s Academy Award-winning writer-directors helmed one episode of an upcoming live-action Star Wars TV series.
Star Wars: Skeleton Crew — which was first teased back in May 2022 and hails from Spider-Man: No Way Home director Jon Watts and Spider-Man: Homecoming writer Chris Ford — stars Jude Law (The Third Day) and is set during the post-Return of the Jedi reconstruction following the Empire’s demise (same as The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett and the upcoming Ahsoka series).
On track for a 2023 premiere (at least, the last we heard….), Skeleton Crew follows a group of kids lost in the Star Wars galaxy, trying to find their way home. Yet while it mainly stars and is about tweenagers, Skeleton Crew is “as much for kids as The Clone Wars,” exec producer Dave Filoni made clear at last year’s Star Wars Celebration.
Little else is known about the new live-action Star Wars series, other than it reportedly wrapped filming in January of this year. But now comes word via One Take News, and since confirmed, that EEAAO‘s Daniels — also known as Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, who just last week collected three Oscars, for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay and Best Directing — helmed at least one episode of the new Star Wars series.
Kwan addressed the reports, saying via an Instagram Story, “we guest directed one episode.”
“Jon Watts approached us to do an episode a while ago (before EEAAO even came out),” Kwan added. “We love Jon, love Star Wars, love learning new tech, we love meeting new cast and crew, and we needed the days to keep our healthcare (!!!) so it was an easy yes.”
Skeleton Crew was filmed under the code name “Grammar Rodeo” (a nod to a Simpsons episode in which Bart and his pals lie to their folks about attending a made-up educational event), and has been described as “a galactic version of classic Amblin coming-of-age adventure films of the ’80s.”
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I get that they like the timeline they’ve chosen, but I want to know what come next instead of them filling in the gaps of a bygone era. I want to find out the future of the Jedi and meet new life and new civiliza…wait, that doesn’t sound right. Simply put, I want Star Wars to go forward. Oddly enough, I want the same thing for Star Trek.
The Daniels have confirmed that they directed one episode before EEAAO was released. Because apparently some people were concerned about this, for some reason?
Yeah, I guess some nerds were worried Daniels “sold out” to Big IP after winning Oscars etc, but yeah, they directed this episode a long while ago — last summer, I think?
They also mentioned they needed to work to keep their insurance during the pandemic, between filming EEAAO filmed and releasing. It was more or less a pay cheque for them while playing with SW expensive tech they never used. American health care system at work!