Star Wars has undergone a significant transformation over the last several years. Following Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm, the galaxy far, far away made a big return after over a decade of inactivity (at least on the live-action feature film front). Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters in December 2015, and it was quickly followed up by Rogue One in 2016; The Last Jedi in 2017; Solo in 2018, and eventually The Rise of Skywalker in 2019. The franchise was going strong, with Solo being the only film of the bunch not to pull in a billion dollars at the worldwide box office.
Despite all of that theatrical success, it has been almost three years since the last Star Wars film hit the big screen. While Disney+ series such as The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and most recently Andor, have kept the franchise alive and ever-present in the minds of general audiences, at this point, there is no telling when a new Star Wars adventure will be seen in cinemas again. Disney and Lucasfilm have announced and discussed several contenders to follow The Rise of Skywalker, but none have come to fruition. The most likely of this group was a Rogue Squadron film, which was set to be directed by Patty Jenkins. But now even that film has been pulled from Disney’s release schedule. The development of Rogue Squadron has been a very public rollercoaster ride, so here’s what we know about this film that may or may not still be happening.
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What Is the Movie?
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Rogue Squadron was originally announced in December 2020 with a release date set for Christmas of 2023. The announcement was made a few weeks prior to Jenkins’ latest film, Wonder Woman 1984, being released in theaters and on HBO Max. A written announcement on StarWars.com described the film as depicting “a new generation of starfighter pilots as they earn their wings and risk their lives in a boundary-pushing, high-speed thrill-ride.” Though no specific time period was specified, the description does say the film would move the Star Wars saga into the future era of the galaxy, implying the story might’ve been set after the events of The Rise of Skywalker.
The announcement was the biggest to come from the Lucasfilm portion of the Disney Investor Day 2020 presentation. A video was released alongside the announcement, which featured Jenkins talking about her excitement for the film. She describes her desire to make “the greatest fighter pilot movie of all time.” She says that she was inspired to make the film as a tribute of sorts to her father, who was a fighter pilot himself. The video ultimately ended with Jenkins suiting up, putting a helmet on and walking toward a nearby X-Wing. The potential of the film certainly lit the internet ablaze, but in the years since, Rogue Squadron has failed to really materialize. Now, there is doubt over whether or not the film will be made at all.
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