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Patty Jenkins’ live-action adaptation of Star Wars: Rogue Squadron is unlikely to make its original premiere date of December 22, 2023. This is according to sources with The Hollywood Reporter, who say that the Wonder Woman director has become busier than expected and cannot begin preproduction by the end of this year as initially planned. There is even indication that she may drop out of the project.

From The Hollywood Reporter:

[…] Squadron has been taken off the production schedule. The hope is that once Jenkins’ fulfills her previous commitments, she will be able to return to the project. […]

It is unclear what, if any, of Jenkins’ commitments were at issue specifically, but she is in development on Wonder Woman 3 for Warner Bros. and a Cleopatra feature for Paramount. Sources say Wonder Woman 3 was initially to have followed Squadron, but that could shift now that the latter is off the table.

Lucasfilm’s plans for a live-action Rogue Squadron feature were confirmed during Disney’s investor day in December 2020. Jenkins complemented the news with a video that discussed her interest in flying, pointing out how her dad was a fighter pilot.

“It’s been a lifelong dream as a filmmaker to one day make a great fighter pilot film,” said Jenkins. “As the daughter of a great fighter pilot myself, some of the best memories of my life are of seeing my father’s squadron take off in their F4s every morning, and hearing and feeling the awe-inspiring power and grace. When he passed away in service to this country it ignited a burning desire to one day channel all of those emotions into one great film. When the perfect story arrived in combination with another true love of mine, the incomparable world of Star Wars, I knew I’d finally found my next film. I’m extremely honored and excited to take it on, and grateful to Lucasfilm, Disney, and the fans for extending that thrill to me.”

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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