Damon Lindelof comments (albeit briefly) on his Star Wars exit in a recent chat with Variety. The writer and director refers to his work on the movie as a labor of love. However, as we know, for whatever reason, Lindelof and writing partner Justine Britt-Gibson couldn’t get a script Lucasfilm wanted to shoot with. The untitled movie which will star Daisy Ridley as Rey is still going ahead under director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. However, Lindelof’s story is now in the hands of Stephen Knight.
Lindelof did not have much to say. However, as said, he did mention that his work was a labor of love and wished Obaid-Chinoy well. As per the trade:
Damon Lindelof tells me the project was a “true labor of love.” “Peaky Blinders” creator Steven Knight is now penning the script. “The movie is still happening, but unfortunately not with me,” Lindelof said at the premiere of “Mrs. Davis,” the offbeat Peacock dramady he is shepherding with showrunner Tara Hernandez. “I wish them all the best of luck. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is an incredible director, and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with.”
At this point chances are that the basic plot of Rey’s sequel movie will be from the mind of Lindelof and Britt-Gibson. Perhaps there were just a few details not quite working for those who’s job it is to make that call. When there is this much riding on a massive Hollywood movie, any studio will drop a writer like a hot stone and find anyone they can who can add the finishing touches. You’d need to be one helluva success to have a contract with a studio where they don’t own the script and can’t change it. Like, George Lucas level success, and that showed in those prequels.
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It’s important for Lucasfilm to get this next Rey movie right. Clearly Rey can be future of this franchise, but the bad taste of the sequels remains. None of that was Daisy Ridley’s fault, nor even the Rey character. She didn’t decide to become a Palpatine at the last minute after all. However, what the character, Ridley and Lucasfilm need is for this movie to be a hit and for fans to be hoping for more stories set in this New Jedi Order timeline. If that means dropping the writers because something isn’t quite as good as it could be, so be it.
What do you think as Damon Lindelof comments briefly on his Star Wars exit? Thoughts below as always.