Last December, Disney and Lucasfilm announced that the next film in the Star Wars franchise would be Star Wars: Rogue Squadron, a movie about the greatest fighter pilot squadron in the galaxy.
This exciting announcement came during their big investors presentation, in which we learned that the film would be coming to us from none other than Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins. At that time, fans were treated to a brief teaser from Jenkins, who spoke of her decades-long passion to create “the greatest fighter-pilot movie of all time.” This passion stemmed from the fact that her father was a fighter pilot who died in service to his country, and to say the least, her energy got us hyped up for what was to be the first Star Wars film since 2019’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
Well unfortunately, it looks like we’re going to have to wait a little longer…
Farewell For Now, Rogue Squadron
THR reported today that Rogue Squadron has been taken completely off the production schedule for Lucasfilm, apparently due to scheduling conflicts with director Patty Jenkins. The film was originally expected to go into production next year for a December 2023 release date, but that is no longer the case. While this is certainly a big let-down, THR’s sources remain optimistic that Jenkins will come back to the project after fulfilling her other commitments.
While it’s unsure exactly what exact commitments those might be, we do know that she is in development with Wonder Woman 3 at Warner Bros and an upcoming Cleopatra movie for Paramount, so these projects are certainly bound to factor into the delay.
This unfortunate news comes after multiple Lucasfilm movie delays over the past few years. At this point, it’s still unsure what the next movie will be from the galaxy far far away, but we do know that Kevin Feige and Taika Waititi are both in production on as-yet unnamed film projects.
Of course, the universe is still continuing to expand on Disney+ with a slew of upcoming shows, the next of which will be The Book of Boba Fett, premiering at the end of December. Fans can only hope that we get more answers on Star Wars: Rogue Squadron during Friday’s Disney+ Day, in which we’ve been promised a look at the upcoming projects Lucasfilm has up their sleeve. We’re expecting announcements, casting news, and trailers – so here’s hoping for answers about the fate of the fighter pilot film!
I was a big fan of the Rogue Squadron novels, and I think the material is ripe for adapting into the current canon. I’m crossing my fingers for what announcements Friday will bring us! Let us know your thoughts on the situation in the comments below or on our social media.