The move once again casts uncertainty on the franchise’s cinematic future, which currently hinges on three projects with zero release dates between them. Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins’ Rogue Squadron was originally scheduled to debut in late 2023, with filming expected to begin this year, but Disney has now pulled the spin-off from its upcoming movie slate, reports Polygon.
Initially announced in December 2020, the long-gestating fighter pilot film was reportedly delayed in 2021, owing to Jenkins’ ‘schedule and other commitments’. The Hollywood Reporter claimed at the time that Rogue Squadron had subsequently been removed from the production schedule, and Disney has now confirmed to media outlets that it’s no longer targeting a Christmas 2023 release.
The only other two Star Wars movies officially in the works are being helmed by Taika Waititi and Kevin Feige respectively, but details on both are few and far between at this stage. Feige’s project is apparently being penned by Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness screenwriter Michael Waldron, while Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has called Waititi’s approach to the Star Wars universe ‘fresh, unexpected and… unique’.
For now, new Star Wars content will arrive exclusively on the small screen. Next up is Andor, the first three episodes of which will debut on Disney+ on September 21. Beyond that, the Star Wars TV slate currently includes The Mandalorian Season 3 and Ahsoka, both of which are due to arrive in 2023.
The result is that the LEGO Star Wars line-up will likely continue on its current course for the foreseeable future, drawing almost entirely on the first six Skywalker Saga movies and Disney’s TV shows, including The Book of Boba Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi. That leaves plenty of room to dive back into the original and prequel trilogies, as rumours suggest will happen in 2023…