The way forward for “Star Wars” has remained one thing of a thriller. That is not the case.
Disney has confirmed Patty Jenkins is directing the following “Star Wars” film, “Rogue Squadron,” for Christmas 2023. “Rogue Squadron” refers back to the group of ace pilots — of X-Wings and snowspeeders, amongst different zippy ships — first launched in “The Empire Strikes Again” who headlined a beloved ebook sequence for Ballantine and Del Rey Books within the late 1990s.
In Kathleen Kennedy’s announcement, she mentioned that Jenkins’ movie will discover a brand new, beforehand unexplored period of “Star Wars” lore suggesting that it is likely to be set after the occasions of “The Rise of Skywalker,” or no less than in the course of the nonetheless largely unexplored (aside from “The Mandalorian”) hole between “Return of the Jedi” and “The Pressure Awakens.
“Rogue Squadron” ought to be a movie with out Pressure customers, such because the Jedi and the Sith, and can focus on starfighter motion as an alternative. In a particular teaser, Jenkins, whose subsequent characteristic “Marvel Lady 1984” is debuting in theaters and on HBO Max on December 25, talked about being the daughter of a fighter pilot and the way she’s all the time cherished to go quick. Kinetic thrills ought to await “Star Wars” followers three years from now — and loads of area battles.
— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) December 10, 2020
Previous to Disney Investor Day 2020, the way forward for the “Star Wars” franchise on the large display was one thing of a thriller. Lucasfilm’s plan to create “Star Wars” spinoff motion pictures hit a lifeless finish with the 2018 launch of “Solo,” which was broadly considered as a field workplace disappointment with a worldwide gross underneath the $400 million mark. The newest Skywalker trilogy additionally turned turbulent because of the polarizing fan responses to “The Final Jedi” and “The Rise of Skywalker,” the latter of which earned a number of the worst opinions from critics within the franchise’s historical past.
In an interview with The Wrap revealed in August, Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy mentioned the studio was “stepping again” to reassess the way forward for “Star Wars” on the large display, including, “We simply want the time to essentially soak up what George [Lucas] has created, after which begin to consider the place issues may go. That’s what we’ve been doing, and we’ve been having an excessive amount of enjoyable doing it, and assembly with a number of completely different filmmakers and expertise.”
Kennedy continued, “There’s so many followers on the market and so many filmmakers which were influenced by ‘Star Wars’ for thus lengthy that it’s a unbelievable alternative to get a way of who needs to be part of this. In order that’s what we’ve been doing.”
Disney and Lucasfilm confirmed in Might “Jojo Rabbit” Oscar winner Taika Waititi can be directing a “Star Wars” film and dealing on the script with “1917” scribe Krysty Wilson-Cairns. Waititi beforehand performed within the “Star Wars” sandbox because the director of an episode of “The Mandalorian,” the place he additionally voiced the droid character IG-11 in a pair episodes. The one different “Star Wars” mission that had been rumored within the lead as much as Investor Day was a movie from “Sleight” filmmaker J.D. Dillard and “Brokers of S.H.I.E.L.D” author Matt Owens, news for which broke again in February.
Lucasfilm tapped “Recreation of Thrones” showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss in 2019 to develop a brand new “Star Wars” movie, however the duo parted methods with the studio due to their general $250 million Netflix deal. Rumor had it that Benioff and Weiss’ movie was to heart on the origins of the Jedi. The studio additionally introduced in November 2017 forward of “The Final Jedi” theatrical launch that writer-director Rian Johnson can be staying put to develop a brand new “Star Wars” trilogy, however no additional updates had been introduced within the three years since. Johnson went on to direct “Knives Out” and said in September 2019 that he was uncertain a couple of begin date for the brand new trilogy as he was nonetheless “determining” his schedule.
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