Shawn Levy is a storied Director in line to head a new Star Wars film, but due to the ongoing WGA SAG-AFTRA strike, it is indefinitely paused for the time being.
Known for directorial duties on Free Guy, The Adam Project and Stranger Things, Shawn Levy spoke to Collider at TIFF 2023 on his future projects and developments regarding his upcoming Star Wars film and the TV series follow-up to 2011’s Real Steel. Seeing as how his upcoming series All the Light we Cannot See is featured at TIFF 2023, Shawn Levy relayed that his team just started production on the latest Sci-Fi epic right before the writer’s strike took off in May and the same goes for the production of the Real Steel TV series in production at Disney+. Both have just been placed on pause for the time being.
Shawn Levy said “We were just starting the process of developing my movie, and the writer strike happened,” including “So we are in that holding pattern that so much of our industry is in.” Levy then continues on the future of Real Steel with “I want it as badly as the lovers of Real Steel want it, so (the series is) alive, but paused.”
It’s worth mentioning that the other major film Shawn Levy is attached to as director, Deadpool 3, is also indefinitely paused for the time being while the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strike pans out, with the most recent development of Deadpool 3 being a rumour that Leiv Schreiber may return to his role as Sabretooth from X-Men Origins.
The strike began moving into video game issues at the beginning of the month, so it’s safe to say there is really no end in sight for the WGA SAG-AFTRA picket lines. While no concrete timetable on either Levy-helmed project has been given, fans can rest assured with the notion that he confirmed they are still very much “alive”.