It’s not everyday you get called a sell-out. Well, unless you’re up and rising indie filmmakers like Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert.
Kwan and Scheinert, otherwise known as The Daniels, are the duo behind Everything Everywhere All At Once (EEAAO). Following EEAAO‘s big sweep at The Oscars, it was reported that the Daniels will be working on a Star Wars series titled Skeleton Crew for Disney+, something movie lovers were quick to attack them for.
“Lol, all of the people @ing us about getting sucked up by the ‘corporate machine’ can chill. These headlines are always misleading,” Kwan wrote on his Instagram story.
Many movie lovers have criticised big studios for tapping the next big indie filmmakers to make franchises and genre projects. We have seen this with Jon Watts where Marvel and Sony quickly roped him in to helm the Spider-Man movies after the success of his films Cop Car and Clown.
Now, Watts is spearheading Skeleton Crew and the Daniels’ are joining him. In the same story, Kwan revealed that they’re only guest directing one episode and not the entire series. He also revealed that the opportunity came knocking before EEAAO came out.
“Don’t worry. We aren’t working on a whole series, we guest directed one episode,” Kwan continued. “Jon Watts approached us to do an episode a while ago (before EEAAO even came out). We love Jon, love Star Wars, love learning new tech, we love meeting new cast and crew, and we needed the days to keep our healthcare (!!!) so it was an easy yes.”
Jokes about healthcare aside, Kwan also confirmed that the episode was shot last year and that the next project he and Scheinert will work on will be an original.
“I’m excited for you all to see it,” added Kwan. “Our next film will be an original Daniels project so you can stop worrying (and stop bothering me about it).”
Star Wars: Skeleton Crew is slated for release sometime in 2023.