Could Joss Whedon be staging a move from the Marvel Universe to one that’s far, far, away?
Possibly. New online rumors are suggesting that Whedon, now free from his Marvel obligations, might join the Star Wars franchise in some capacity. While it seems unlikely that he’d direct Episode IX, since Disney and Lucasfilm are reportedly waiting to see if J.J. Abrams will accept the gig first, there are still plenty of opportunities for Whedon.
One major slot that Whedon could fill, according to reporta, is the recently-vacated second standalone film starring Boba Fett. While Chronicle’s Josh Trank was set to direct, he recently left the project. With Disney likely scrambling for a replacement, Whedon probably has enough good-will with the studio to make for a quick fix (though this is just speculation).
But there are other options for Whedon, like his old stomping grounds--television. As Latino Review speculates, Disney and Lucasfilm Story Group could tap Whedon to executive produce that live-action TV series they’ve always wanted. Since Whedon and Marvel proved that a franchise can carry smaller assets within a television series, Disney may be tempted to try it out with their other mega-property. The most obvious slots in the Star Wars saga for a Whedon-produced show, according to the site, would be the twenty year-gap between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, or the thirty year gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.
The last, but least likely, route for Whedon, would be a spot in Lucasfilm’s Story Group. Whedon essentially led Marvel’s equivalent to that, doctoring scripts and setting the Marvel’s cinematic universe course, but Latino Review says Lucasfilm is already content with what they have. In other words: If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.
But the bottom line is, Whedon’s available and Disney/Lucasfilm is interested. While it’s all just rumors for now, hopefully official word will come from one camp or another soon.
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