In a red carpet interview with Collider during his surprise Star Wars Celebration appearance this morning in London, 2 Academy Award-nominated director James Mangold (Logan; Ford v Ferrari) has confirmed his involvement with the DCU's upcoming Swamp Thing movie, which he's set to direct, and has also revealed that he'll be writing the script himself.
The news comes on the heels of Lucasfilm announcing three new Star Wars films, one of which will be helmed by Mangold and will be set 10,000 years before the events of the main Skywalker Saga, telling the story of the dawn of the Jedi.
As for which of these two projects will come first, Mangold can't say with 100% certainty but confirms that he'll be working on both films simultaneously and whichever one he finishes first will presumably head into production first, but that's obviously easier said than done knowing both Warner Bros. and Lucasfilm's respective histories with their most prized franchises.
He tells the site, "The truth is, I'm writing both right now, and who knows what's going to happen and what's gonna blossom first or second? So there's your thing, I'm doing Swamp Thing, there's your scoop. It's not a rumor, it's happening. I put it online."
With James Gunn's Superman: Legacy set for Summer 2025, and The Authority rumored to be arriving in 2026, it wouldn't be a stretch to expect Swamp Thing to potentially arrive in theaters the same year, clearing the runway for Mangold to get his Star Wars movie ready for either 2027 or 2029.
Following his interview hitting Twitter, the DCU co-president expressed his support as well.
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