Star Wars spinoff Rogue Squadron is switched off the calendar as Disney beaches up its film slate
September 17, 2022: -Questions regarding the fate of Patty Jenkins’ “Rogue Squadron” started circulating almost a year and intensified after the Star Wars film went unmentioned at Disney’s annual D23 Expo last weekend.
On Thursday, the studio officially dismissed the Lucasfilm project from its calendar when announcing a spate of title reveals and date changes for its theatrical releases in 2023 and 2024. The absence of “Rogue Squadron” from the lineup questions whether the film would arrive to fruition.
Among the other announcements, Disney confirmed that “Wish” will take the coveted Thanksgiving release date next year.
“Haunted Mansion” shifted from March 10, 2023, to August 11, 2023, and Disney announced its Searchlight film “Next Goal Wins” would be released on April 21, 2023.
But, the removal of “Rogue Squadron” is the most famous.
Last November, reports surfaced that Jenkins was no longer available to film the Star Wars project during its initial production date since she was committed to other features, including a third Wonder Woman film for Warner Bros. and a Cleopatra film for Paramount. The suggestion was that Jenkin’s Star Wars feature be punted down the calendar to another date.
“Rogue Squadron” was set to be the first theatrical Star Wars film since the 2019 release of “Star Wars, The Rise of Skywalker,” which received mediocre reviews and caused over $1 billion in ticket sales worldwide.
The path for future Star Wars films has been unclear since “Rise of Skywalker” was released. While the studio has several projects in development, including one from Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige and one from acclaimed director Taika Waititi, Disney has focused on telling Star Wars stories through serial content on streaming service Disney+ with hit shows such as “The Mandalorian.”
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