Patty Jenkins Says ‘Star Wars: Rogue Squadron’ Movie Is Back On Track

Patty Jenkins, previously attached to the Star Wars: Rogue Squadron project, has re-entered the scene as the writer and director, reigniting the development of the long-stalled movie.

Despite leaving the project for Wonder Woman 3, Jenkins revealed on the TCM/Max podcast, Talking Pictures, that she negotiated a return to Star Wars with Lucasfilm and Disney after losing the Wonder Woman project during the DC Studios overhaul. She acknowledges the complexity of Lucasfilm’s decision on the franchise’s next steps but remains committed to developing Rogue Squadron. However, Disney has remained silent on updates since removing the film from its schedule in 2022.

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Jenkins expressed optimism about resuming work on Star Wars: Rogue Squadron, despite previous setbacks, including delays due to the 2023 WGA strike.

“So, when I left Star Wars to do Wonder Woman 3, I thought maybe I’ll come back to Star Wars after Wonder Woman 3. So we did a deal for that to happen, started a deal, but I thought I was doing Wonder Woman. When that went away, Lucasfilm and I were like, oh, we gotta finish this deal. We finished the deal right as the strike was happening. So I now owe a draft of Star Wars and so we will see what happens there. You know, like, who knows?”

“It’s hard, they have a hard job in front of them of what’s the first movie they’re gonna do. They have other directors who have been working, but I am now, you know, I’m back on doing Rogue Squadron and we’ll see what happens. We need to develop, you know, get it to where we’re both super happy with it.”

Star Wars: Rogue Squadron

Star Wars: Rogue Squadron, initially announced in 2020, aims to explore a new generation of Rebel Alliance fighters striving to become the top squadron in the galaxy. Jenkins’ personal connection to the project, inspired by her father, a U.S. Air Force pilot, fuels her ambition to merge her passion for fighter pilots with the Star Wars saga.

Lucasfilm’s decision to continue with Jenkins’ script for Rogue Squadron signals interest in the project, albeit without a set release date. The film is one of several Star Wars movies in development, including The Mandalorian & Grogu and Taika Waititi’s untitled project. Jenkins’s cautious optimism reflects the uncertain but hopeful future of Rogue Squadron, which remains in the early development stages.