Star Wars Movie Rogue Squadron Delays Production Due To Director Patty Jenkins’ Schedule: Reports

Rogue Squadron would have been delayed indefinitely. The next Star Wars movie wonder woman Director Patty Jenkins was expected to enter pre-production by the end of 2021 and begin filming in 2022. But now Rogue Squadron has been pulled from the production schedule entirely, according to trade reports. This is believed to be due to Jenkins’ schedule and previous engagements – which include the Gal Gadot directed Cleopatra, which Jenkins signed a few months before Disney announced Rogue Squadron. Still, for now, Rogue Squadron is sticking to its December 2023 release date.

The Hollywood Reporter has first reported the delayed production of Rogue Squadron, the first Star Wars movie since The Skywalker Saga’s disappointing conclusion with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Deadline confirmed the news half an hour later, noting that Rogue Squadron had yet to begin casting. People familiar with the matter told THR that the makers and producers of Rogue Squadron realized that Jenkins’ schedule didn’t leave room for the next Star Wars movie to be filmed in 2022. “The hope is that once Jenkins will have fulfilled her previous commitments, she will be able to return to the project,” THR concluded, which may lead to a long delay.

It’s kind of funny to me that this delay wasn’t planned. We’ve known since last December that Jenkins has three feature projects on its pier: the aforementioned Cleopatra with Paramount Pictures, Rogue Squadron at Lucasfilm and Disney, and Wonder Woman 3 also with Gadot. THR notes that Jenkins and writer Matthew Robinson (Love and Monsters) have been developing Rogue Squadron for “over a year,” meaning the Star Wars movie was in the works even before it was announced. Cleopatra and Wonder Woman 3 broke. There was no way Jenkins was managing three big movies — all of which she also directed — at the same time.

While Rogue Squadron is currently holding its release date close to Christmas 2023, there’s always the possibility of another Star Wars movie taking its place. Thor: Ragnarok Director Taika Waititi Is Developing One He’s Also Co-Writing With 1917 and Last Night in Soho writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns. Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm presidents Kevin Feige and Kathleen Kennedy are collaborating on another idea. Another Star Wars movie is in development with Sleight director JD Dillard and Luke Cage writer Matt Owens. And of course, there’s a brand new trilogy in the hands of Star Wars: The Last Jedi writer-director Rian Johnson, which was still set in February of this year.

In addition to the December 2023 date, Disney has also set aside December 2025 and December 2027 for two more Star Wars movies.

The future of Star Wars is brighter on the side of the series in the meantime. Boba Fett’s book – internally called The Mandalorian season 2.5 – expands the franchise from late December. It will be followed by the prequel series Obi Wan Kenobi starring Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader, the Rogue One spin-off directed by Diego Luna Andorand The Mandalorian season 3 in 2022. Three other series are also in development: Ahsoka with Rosario Dawson and Christensen, The Acolyte of Russian Doll’s Leslye Headland of High Republic, and lando about Lando Calrissian from Justin Simien of Dear White People.

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