New Writer/Director Duo Tapped to Develop STAR WARS Film or TV Project

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Director J.D. Dillard (Sleight) and screenwriter Matt Owens (The Defenders, Luke Cage, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) are developing a Star Wars project for Lucasfilm, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Hollywood trade said that it's being developed in such a way that it could be adapted for a film or as a series for Disney+.

Dillard directed the 2016 horror film Sleight, and followed that up in 2019 with Sweetheart. He recently directed an episode of the upcoming Amazon series Utopia, and is in pre-production on the Korean war film Devotion.

Owens served as a writer and story editor on Marvel Television's The Defenders, Luke Cage, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and was hired as lead writer for Netflix's live-action One Piece adaptation.

THR does say specifically that although Owens has a connection to Marvel, this project is unrelated to Marvel Chief Creative Officer Kevin Feige's Star Wars film, as well as The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson's promised trilogy.

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