Lucasfilm recently announced and confirmed a ton of Star Wars titles coming in the near future, including a couple of films, and a whole slew of Disney+ series. While many of these projects are still shrouded in mystery, a new rumor suggests that an upcoming project could be a straightforward comedy.
This rumor comes from gossip writer Daniel Richtman’s Patreon, where Richtman doesn’t give any further information other than that there is a Star Wars comedy movie on the way. To be fair, Richtman has been making broad Star Wars rumors recently, so it could be simply that he’s trying to hedge his bets when it comes to the future of this universe.
But Richtman’s rumor states that the project would be a film and not a television series, which seems strange, considering how much focus Lucasfilm is putting into their television division. This would also be an interesting development for Star Wars, considering that previously, they had fired 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie writers and directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller from Solo: A Star Wars Story, which was rumored to be because they were making the film too comedic. If this series were to go the comedic route, it’s hard to imagine a better team to do so than Lord and Miller.
It’s also not clear if this comedic Star Wars film would be for a known project, or for an as-yet-unannounced film. It seems extremely unlikely that Patty Jenkins’ Rogue Squadron would be comedic, considering the film focuses on starfighter pilots, and sounds far more like a straightforward action film.
There are also a few other Star Wars projects that were supposedly in development that we haven’t heard about in a while that also seem unlikely. Kevin Feige is reportedly working on a Star Wars film, but details on that have been sparse, while it’s not even clear if Lucasfilm is still going forward with The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson’s new trilogy of films. Johnson has shown with The Brothers Bloom and Knives Out that he can do comedy, but that seems like an odd combination.
Most likely of the upcoming known Star Wars projects that could be a comedy film is Taika Waititi’s Star Wars film. With films like What We Do in the Shadows, Jojo Rabbit, and Thor: Ragnarok, Waititi has shown that he can make any premise comedic. When talking about Waititi’s new feature at Disney’s Investor Day, Kathleen Kennedy mentioned that “Taika’s approach to Star Wars will be fresh, unexpected, and…unique.” Kennedy also pointed out that his sense of humor is part of what will make his adventure so unforgettable. If there was an upcoming Star Wars film that would be more overly comedic, it would make sense that Waititi would be at the helm.
Star Wars has always had some level of humor to their films, but as was seen with the firing of Lord & Miller, Lucasfilm has shied away from making a full-on comedy. But as this universe grows through multiple new movies and television series, maybe Lucasfilm has decided to take a few chances and embrace the humor that has been part of this franchise all along.