The first Star Wars spinoff movie since Solo: A Star Wars Story was set to hit theaters in 2023 in the form of Rogue Squadron, a tale of the galaxy far far away’s most elite fighter pilots helmed by Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins. Now, the Rogues have been grounded… and it’s going to take a while for us to see when they might just get to take flight again.
The Hollywood Reporter has word that Jenkins, tied up in other movie commitments—including the third Wonder Woman at Warner Bros. and a Cleopatra project for Paramount—has been forced to delay plans for her Star Wars movie with writer Matthew Robinson. It was set to enter pre-production late this year ahead of filming in 2022. While the movie will no longer release in 2023 and Disney/Lucasfilm has pulled it from its future schedule, THR notes that Rogue Squadron isn’t off the cards altogether, and there is hope that once Jenkins’ slate of future projects has lightened, she’ll be able to head to the galaxy far, far away.
First announced at Disney’s Investor Day conference last year, Rogue Squadron would’ve been the first Star Wars movie since the conclusion of the “Skywalker Saga” in The Rise of Skywalker in 2019, and part of a long line of future projects Lucasfilm has planned for both streaming and theatrical Star Wars projects on Disney+. There’s of course the return of The Mandalorian for a third season, as well as the upcoming spinoff The Book of Boba Fett, and several future limited series: Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ahsoka, and Andor.
Theatrically much of Lucasfilm’s future Star Wars slate remains unknown in the wake of Rogue Squadron’s delay—the only other currently announced projects include a Taika Waititi Star Wars film, and Rian Johnson’s purported trilogy of Star Wars films, which have somehow managed to survive years of silence without being scrapped, at least. Lucasfilm has previously also suggested that it is considering a film set in the Knights of the Old Republic time period, a now-mostly non-canonical imagining of the Republic and Sith Empire’s conflicts thousands of years before the mainline movies, but nothing has been officially confirmed.
No doubt we’ll learn a few more things about the cinematic future of Star Wars, streaming or otherwise, soon—Lucasfilm is set to reveal more news about upcoming projects on November 12, as part of “Disney+ Day” celebrations marking the anniversary of the streaming service.
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Patty seems to have a lot more in common with Zack Snyder than it would seem on first glance, specifically in the way where they will take on huge projects that are really sort of stacking the deck against themselves from the jump.
I don’t even necessarily mean the Rogue Squadron movie, although “Top Gun Star Wars” doesn’t sound that complicated but can be a real pain in the ass to make it work if you don’t nail it. But the fact a Rogue Squadron movie is getting pushed because she wants to make CLEOPATRA of all the fucking things…