Nearly a year ago, rumours about what would become of Patty Jenkins’ “Rogue Squadron” started to spread, and they became worse after the Star Wars movie was not addressed at Disney’s annual D23 Expo last weekend.
When the studio revealed a flurry of title reveals and release date adjustments for its 2023 and 2024 theatrical releases on Thursday, it effectively eliminated the Lucasfilm project off its schedule. It was unclear whether “Rogue Squadron” would actually be made in light of its omission from the roster.
Disney announced that “Wish” will have the coveted Thanksgiving release date the following year, among other things.
Additionally, it was revealed that the untitled Pixar movie “Elio” is scheduled to come out on March 1, 2024, the untitled Disney live-action movie “Snow White” is scheduled to come out on March 22, 2024, the untitled Pixar movie “Inside Out 2” is scheduled to come out on June 14, 2024, and the untitled Disney live-action movie “Mufasa: The Lion King” is scheduled to come out on July 5, 2024.
“Haunted Mansion” was rescheduled for August 11, 2023 instead of March 10, 2023, while Disney revealed “Next Goal Wins,” a Searchlight movie, will debut on April 21, 2023.
The most apparent change is the disappearance of “Rogue Squadron,” though.
Since she had other commitments, including as a third Wonder Woman movie for Warner Bros. and a Cleopatra movie for Paramount, Jenkins was reportedly no longer available to shoot the Star Wars project at its initial production schedule. It was suggested that Jenkin’s Star Wars film will be postponed to a later date.
After the 2019 release of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” which garnered mixed reviews and brought in more than $1 billion in worldwide ticket sales, “Rogue Squadron” was slated to be the first theatrical Star Wars movie.
Since the release of “Rise of Skywalker,” the direction of upcoming Star Wars movies has been uncertain. Disney has concentrated on telling Star Wars stories through serial content on streaming service Disney+ with hit shows like “The Mandalorian,” even though the studio has a number of projects in development, including one from acclaimed director Taika Waititi and one from Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige.
Even the possibility that “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” director Rian Johnson is still working on a standalone Star Wars trilogy has been floated.
But since Disney made no significant announcements, notably at its large expo last weekend, additional concerns regarding the future of Star Wars in theatres emerged.
It appears like Disney+ will continue to be the home of Star Wars in the future. Disney has live-action shows starring Cassian Andor and Ahsoka Tano that will debut in addition to “The Mandalorian,” “The Book of Boba Fett,” and “Obi-Wan Kenobi.” As fresh seasons of “The Bad Batch” are launched and the studio prepares to release a collection of short films titled “Tales of the Jedi,” its animated output also enjoys continued success.