Jon Watts is a director in demand right now and it’s easy to see why. He just wrapped up one of the most successful, and innovative trilogy of movies ever with Spider-Man. And now he might be heading over to help direct a series in one of the biggest franchises of all time. It would be quite a run for the dude who also has another major production slated to get started in the next couple of years. In the meantime, CBR has it that Watts is being eyed to direct part of an upcoming Star Wars series which could make its way into production later this summer.
Currently, it isn’t known exactly what Star Wars series we are looking at here. According to the CBR reporting, the working title is Grammar Rodeo but that’s clearly just a placeholder for whatever it will become. With the Star Wars franchise in major growth mode right now, especially with its offerings on Disney+, there are a number of different directions this could take before it’s all said and done. But adding a director like Jon Watts, even for part of the series, would be a major boon for any production. He’s one of the truly talented and visionary minds working in the space right now.
The trickles of information coming in around this untitled Star Wars series supposedly have it placed in the High Republic era which is about 200 years before the events of the original Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. Apparently, the casting is set to include four teenagers as the leads in this series though again, plot points are mostly non-existent. Jon Watts is apparently in talks to direct one or more episodes of the series. The show shouldn’t be confused with the Leslye Headland series The Acolyte which is said to take place in the same timeline.
Considering his recent successes, it’s easy to see why Star Wars would be interested in adding someone like Jon Watts to a director’s chair for an upcoming project. He’s just coming off wrapping up the Spider-Man trilogy of films that capped off with No Way Home last fall. It was one of the truly daring and creative films ever, bringing back different versions of Peter Parker from the franchise’s past and pitting the three Spideys against basically every villain they’ve ever encountered on the big screen. It was a masterpiece of a film and completely crushed at the box office, currently sitting at 6th all-time with more than $1.8 billion in sales worldwide.
And that’s not going to be all for Jon Watts in the Marvel Cinematic Universe either. There are plans for him to direct Fantastic Four which will be that quartet’s first appearance within the MCU. Details on the movie, or how the group will first be introduced are currently under wraps and there isn’t even a clear timeline for when it will be released. But because Marvel and Star Wars are basically under the same Disney roof, it’s easy to see why a director like Watts could shift easily between franchises. We are sure to get more information on this series in short order.