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Sorry, Star Wars movie fans: Filming start for Patty Jenkins' Rogue Squadron delayed indefinitely
We'll have to wait a little longer for more Star Wars on the big screen.
We're all going to have to wait a little longer for more Star Wars on the big screen. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lucasfilm has pulled the plug on the 2022 production start date for Patty Jenkins' upcoming Rogue Squadron film, which was set to be the next feature project in the Star Wars franchise. The production hasn't been shelved, but its start date has been pushed back indefinitely due to scheduling issues.
Rogue Squadron was first announced last year during Disney's Investor Day presentation, and Jenkins spoke at the time about how she hoped to draw on her pilot father's own experiences to craft a fighter pilot film in the Star Wars universe. The film has been in development since then for a release date during the 2023 holiday season, and was supposed to film next year. Now, after consulting with Jenkins on her timetable, Lucasfilm has decided that won't be the case.
It's unclear exactly what pushed the film off schedule to this point, but Jenkins certainly has a busy schedule. Outside of Rogue Squadron, she's also developing a third Wonder Woman feature over at Warner Bros., as well as a new Cleopatra film at Paramount. With Rogue Squadron on hold, THR's report speculates that perhaps Wonder Woman 3 could move to the front burner for Jenkins for the time being.
Rogue Squadron is one of several new Star Wars feature film projects, all in various stages of development, that now have indefinite future releases. The other film projects include still-untitled Star Wars films developed by Taika Waititi and Kevin Feige, as well as that long-discussed new trilogy from The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson. At the moment all of those films have a release date of "eventually," and it looks like we'll probably be adding Rogue Squadron to that nebulous non-calendar as well.
In the meantime, if you're eager for more live-action Star Wars content, you don't have to look any further than your own couch. Disney+ and Lucasfilm are in the midst of a number of new Star Wars series setting to launch in the near future, including The Book of Boba Fett this December, the much-anticipated Obi-Wan Kenobi series next year, the Rogue One prequel Andor around the same timeframe, and Leslye Headland's still-mysterious new series The Acolyte. Oh, and of course we're still expecting the third season of The Mandalorian sometime in 2022 as well.
So, to sum up: Plenty of Star Wars content out there, just not on the big screen. For now.