As Disney and Lucasfilm try to regroup and work out where they want the Star Wars franchise to go after the conclusion of The Rise Of Skywalker, one of the films in production has hit a major snag.
Per THR, Patty Jenkins‘ Star Wars film Rogue Squadron has been postponed and pulled from the production schedule.
Jenkins has been developing Rogue Squadron with Matthew Robinson (The Invention Of Lying) and the film was being planned as the first post-Rise Of Skywalker entry in the franchise. Filming was expected to begin next year.
However, sources close to the project are saying that Jenkins has scheduling issues that would make their projected timetable for the film unrealistic for a 2022 start. It’s unclear exactly what those scheduling issues are, but the director is attached to helm a third Wonder Woman film and a Cleopatra movie at Paramount.
The hope is that once Jenkins fulfills her previous commitments, she will be able to return to the project. So it seems that either Wonder Woman 3 or Cleopatra are taking precedence over Rogue Squadron, which will now likely be jumped in release by one or maybe two other in-development Star Wars projects.
Those include a film produced by MCU president Kevin Feige and directed by Taika Waititi, and the first in a possible trilogy that The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson has in the works.
Plot details about Rogue Squadron have been kept close to the vest, but Jenkins previously said that the film would “introduce a new generation of starfighter pilots as they earn their wings and risk their lives in a boundary-pushing, high-speed thrill-ride, and move the saga into the future era of the galaxy.” She mentioned being inspired by her father, who was a fighter pilot during the Vietnam war.
So with this delay and the status of other Star Wars films currently up in the air, fans will have to continue focusing on the Star Wars shows being produced for Disney+.
The Book Of Boba Fett debuts Wednesday, December 29, before 2022 sees the premieres of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ahsoka, and season three of The Mandalorian.
We’ll keep an eye on details regarding Rogue Squadron and other Star Wars films, but it looks like we’ll be waiting a while to see the iconic franchise back on the big screen.