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Things We Saw Today: Patty Jenkins’ Rogue Squadron Star Wars Movie Pulled off Production Schedule

Mark Hamill looks surprised as Luke Skywalker in the cockpit fighting The Battle of Hoth in 'The Empire Strikes Back'

According to an exclusive report in The Hollywood Reporter, director Patty Jenkins’ announced Rogue Squadron movie in the Star Wars universe has been delayed indefinitely.

THR relates that Jenkins’ Rogue Squadron movie was taken off of the production schedule due to Jenkins’ scheduling conflicts. While Jenkins (Wonder Woman, WW1984) has been in development on the movie for a while, sources say a planned 2022 start date was deemed impossible to manage with her other commitments—which include Wonder Woman 3 and another Gal Gadot vehicle, Cleopatra.

Per THR:

Jenkins and writer Matthew Robinson have been developing Squadron for Lucasfilm for over a year, with the goal of starting production in 2022. It was to have gone into preproduction by the end of this year.

However, sources say the producers and filmmaking team came to the realization that Jenkins’ schedule and other commitments wouldn’t allow for the window needed to make the movie in 2022.

Thus, Squadron has been taken off the production schedule. The hope is that once Jenkins’ fulfills her previous commitments, she will be able to return to the project.

“Rogue Squadron” is a concept well-known to Star Wars fans via decades of movies, video games, and books. Jenkins’ take on rebel fighter pilots in a galaxy far, far away was meant to be a new original story that drew “great influences” from previous Rogue Squadron-centered media.

Set to be the first Star Wars feature film in production since Rise of Skywalker, the official synopsis for Rogue Squadron read, “The story will 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.”

Rogue Squadron is still listed on Jenkins’ IMDb page, with a “2023” date attached. As of current reporting, both Jenkins and Disney appear to remain committed to making the project happen together. As with everything in Hollywood, especially big-budget extravaganzas, this could be subject to change, and recent Star Wars movies have swapped directors before.

Jenkins proved with the excellent Wonder Woman that she can make huge action movies with many moving parts and a lot of heart. I was, however, among those who found its sequel Wonder Woman 1984 both disappointing and troubling. While I’d still like to see what Jenkins would do in a Star Wars sandbox—and its cinematic entries are still sorely in need of female directors—if Jenkins ends up not returning to Rogue Squadron, I’ll be fine with that. She’s extremely busy, and it makes sense that Wonder Woman, the franchise that launched her into the stratosphere, would come first commitment-wise.

Perhaps Wonder Woman 3 will make me love Diana Prince’s world again. If Jenkins does exit Rogue Squadron, it will be interesting to see whether the film continues under another creative team or halts before lift-off.

(via THR, image: LucasFilm/Disney)

Here are some other things we saw today:

  • Those QAnoners who went to Dallas for the expected appearance of JKR Jr., who died in 1999, won’t leave. (via Vice)
  • Emilio Estevez is apparently not returning to The Mighty Ducks TV show, which is a thing that is real, over vaccine requirements. Don’t let the door hit you etc. etc. (via Yahoo)
  • Eternals actor Haaz Sleiman (who plays Phastos’ husband Ben) talks about being Arab and openly gay in the MCU, as well as the ban the movie has received in some countries. (via Yahoo)
  • Elon Muskrat owes a lot of taxes and is up to more Twitter antics. (via CNBC)

And finally:

What did you see out there today?

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