Fans will have to wait a little longer for the next Star Wars movie.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rogue Squadron has been taken off the production schedule. The upcoming feature would have been the first Star Wars projeft from Lucasfilm to head to theaters since 2019’s The Rise of Skywalker.
The reason for the film’s delay is due to its director Patty Jenkins‘ previous commitments. Pre-production was supposed to start by the end of this year in order for production to commence in 2022.
THR reports that the producers and filmmaking team realized that Jenkins’ schedule wasn’t going allow that to happen, so Rogue Squadron was placed on the backburner.
The most interesting part of the article, in my opinion, is when it states that “the hope is that once Jenkins’ fulfills her previous commitments, she will be able to return to the project.” Could Jenkins end up departing Rogue Squadron down the line? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
Jenkins and writer Matthew Robinson (Love & Monsters) have been developing the Star Wars spin-off for over a year. It was first announced during Disney‘s investor day in December 2020. It is inspired by the video games and books of the same name, and will focus on “a new generation of starfighter pilots as they earn their wings and risk their lives.”
We don’t know exactly what commitments are delaying Rogue Squadron, but we do know that Jenkins is working on a third Wonder Woman film for Warner Bros. and a Cleopatra feature starring Gal Gadot for Paramount.
Rogue Squadron was set to hit theaters on December 22, 2023. The release date is now-vacant, but remains in place. Will a different Lucasfilm movie take its place? There are two other Star Wars movies currently in development, but we’ve heard nothing about them since they were announced. I doubt they are far enough along.
Maybe Indiana Jones 5 will move to this spot after it surely gets delayed again? (I jest, but damn, is that movie ever going to come out?)
We’ll keep you posted if more information about Rogue Squadron is released.
Do you think Rogue Squadron will ever make it to screens? Will Patty Jenkins end up departing as director? Give us your Star Wars long shots down in the comments below!