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Star Wars: Rogue Squadron movie is back in development at Lucasfilm, according to writer/director Patty Jenkins

The movie was officially taken off Lucasfilm's calendar back in 2021

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You can’t keep the rebellion down. In a recent interview, Wonder Woman filmmaker Patty Jenkins revealed that, despite the project having been officially put on the back burner three years ago, she’s back to work developing Star Wars: Rogue Squadron for Lucasfilm as part of its slate of upcoming Star Wars projects.

“When I left Star Wars to do Wonder Woman 3, and I started working on that, we talked about, ‘Well, maybe I’ll come back to Star Wars after Wonder Woman 3,'” she explained during an appearance on TCM’s Talking Pictures Podcast. “So we started a deal for that to happen. So when Wonder Woman 3 went away, Lucasfilm and I were like, ‘Oh, we’ve got to finish this deal.’ We finished the deal right as the strike was beginning. So I now owe a draft of Star Wars.”

Rogue Squadron, which Lucasfilm had previously described as a movie that “will introduce a new generation of starfighter pilots as they earn their wings and risk their lives in a boundary-pushing, high-speed thrill-ride, and move the saga into the future era of the galaxy,” was originally announced in December 2020, and was expected by fans to be the first Star Wars movie to be released after 2019’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. However, the movie was officially removed from Lucasfilm’s calendar in 2021 as Jenkins’ other commitments took priority.

It was assumed that the project was entirely dead, with Lucasfilm offering no updates even as the studio announced three upcoming movie projects at Star Wars Celebration Europe 2023, and then a fourth movie in the Mandalorian and Grogu feature scheduled for May 2026. However, Jenkins’ comments suggest that not only is it very much alive, but it could be released alongside these other four features.

“They [Lucasfilm] have a hard job in front of them of, ‘What’s the first movie [since the sequel trilogy] they’re going to do?’” Jenkins said. “They have other directors who have been working, but I am now back on doing Rogue Squadron. We’ll see what happens. We need to get it to where we’re both super happy with it.”

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