Spider-Man’s Jon Watts Is Making Star Wars Coming-of-Age Show, Report Says


Spider-Man: No Way Home director Jon Watts is working on a Star Wars show inspired by “classic Amblin coming-of-age adventure films of the ’80s,” Vanity Fair reported Tuesday. It’s apparently set in the era following Return of the Jedi, much like The Mandalorian.

Amblin is the production company behind ’80s classics like E.T., Gremlins, The Goonies and Back to the Future. It was co-founded by legendary director Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy (who’s now Lucasfilm’s president) and Frank Marshall (the producer behind the Indiana Jones movies)

It comes after Watts reportedly stepped away from helming Marvel Cinematic Universe movie Fantastic Four. He and Spider-Man: Homecoming writer Chris Ford are creators and executive-producers on the Star Wars show, according to Vanity Fair.

The series doesn’t have a name, but is apparently going by the code name “Grammar Rodeo” (previously reported by Discussing Film) — a reference to a 1996 Simpsons episode where Bart and his buddies use a fake driver’s license to rent a car and go on a road trip. A casting notice seemingly called for four children aged around 11 to 12.

The Vanity Fair article also revealed that Star Wars spy series Andor will hit Disney Plus late this summer. We’ll likely get updates on some of these shows at Star Wars convention Celebration Anaheim, which runs May 26-29.

Neither Lucasfilm nor Disney Plus responded to requests for comment about Watts’ show.

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