Rogue Squadron Shelved “Indefinitely”

Rogue Squadron Shelved “Indefinitely”

The official statement is that Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkin’s pet Star Wars film, Rogue Squadron has been delayed without a projected start date.  That usually translates from the Hollywoodese as ‘it’s canceled but we don’t want to say it’s canceled.’

It is supposedly being pushed back a year but here is the kill quote from Hollywood Reporter, “The hope is that once Jenkins’ fulfills her previous commitments, she will be able to return to the project.

Which wouldn’t be able to start until at least 2024.

Rogue Squadron is dead.

The big question is why?

The announcement of Rogue Squadron being shelved was yesterday, today there is an eruption of rumors about LucasFilm.  My history with rumors like this is that they have been more optimistic, than accurate. 

Kathleen Kennedy’s contract has been extended but nobody, including WDWPro, has any of the details of that still unannounced extension.  While it is reasonable to assume that she will be sticking around until Indy 5 is in the theaters, we can only guess at the extension’s other clauses.  However, the soft cancelation of Rogue Squadron indicates that there has been a power shift at LucasFilm.

Landing the Wonder Woman director for a big film project was a major coup for Kathleen Kennedy.  Admittedly that was before the disaster of WW1984.

Patti Jenkins seemed pretty passionate about the project and was going on at length over how it was going to be a tribute to her dead father.  I don’t think she would have walked away from this one of her own volition.

Consequently, I’m willing to go out on a limb and say that project is dead.  

However, quite a few other people are going with some rumors that seem a bit too optimistic to me but since WDWPro is confirming some of these, I’ll give you my opinion of his list.

1. Rian Johnson’s contract is dissolved.  He will not be involved in any future Star Wars projects going forward.

(Status: Likely.  While Johnson would love to make another Star Wars movie or to be exact another movie with the name Star Wars on it that has nothing to do with Star Wars, he is HATED at Fort Mickey for sinking the franchise. If Kay-Kay couldn’t hang on to Jenkins there is no way in hell she was able to keep Roundhead Rian.)

2. The High Republic is a failure and will be struck from canon.

(Status: Possible.  Financially the book series has done nothing. Even with aggressive buy-backs to get on the NYT Best Sellers List, the needle hasn’t moved at all.  More importantly, the series has failed to draw any interest at all from toy manufacturers. If there is no market for a property’s dolls then there is no future for that property at Chapek’s Disney.  Which is a pity because I would have turned my wallet upside for a Geode action figure.  However, the Woklings would scream to the rafters if High Republic was struck from canon. If the series is canceled there will be no further mention of it.)

3. Kathleen Kennedy has no remaining power at LucasFilm.  F&F have full creative control.

(Status: Unknown. We’ve heard this one plenty of times before but she’s still standing and still president of LucasFilm.  At this point I won’t believe she’s gone until she’s gone.)

4. The Acolyte is shelved pending cancelation.

(Status: Probable.  This Leslye Headland project was approved by Kathleen Kennedy back in May of 2020 when she was trying to demonstrate that she was still the ultimate power at LucasFilm.  She didn’t get approval from either Iger or Chapek before green-lighting it.  And Chapek knows how to hold a grudge.  There have been no casting announcements, no official stills, not even official concept art – just fan stuff.  This is clearly a project that is being starved of resources.  If true, we can expect Headland to start screaming shortly.)

Doomcock was also reporting on these rumors, not that he’s been all that accurate since Rise of Skywalker was released. But he also, reported that Andor is being shelved as well.  I have my doubts about that one since filming wrapped in September and Disney Plus is starving for content.

The truth is, these are all just rumors.  The only thing with a basis in fact is that Jenkin’s project has been pushed back a year but now it doesn’t have a start date.  Likely, that project is as dead as Rangers of the New Republic.


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  • David Reply

    I would also love to buy an official Geode action figure but until that hits the shelves I am making do with a suitable stone that I found on the shore of a lake while vacationing. If I ever get a chance to meet Geode in person I will have him autograph it.

    November 9, 2021 at 11:06 pm
  • EXALT Reply

    1)Rogue Squadron/Patty Jenkins: So Steve Trevor is supposed to be an avatar of Jenkins’ father? Great, WW84 has just become even creepier. And yes, RS is dead.
    2)Rian Trilogy: Status – more dead than The Winds of Winter. It was announced shortly after TLJ and since then the biggest thing about it has been the Game of Thrones guys leaving the project.
    3)High Republic: Phase 1 is supposed to end early next year, to be followed by two more phases. Since it started in January, that would mean it should go on until late 2023/early 2024. Let’s say it’s unlikely.
    4)F&F having full control: Well, it’s undeniable their projects are moving smoothly.
    5)Acolyte: Makes sense, especially since it was supposed to connect with the High Republic; I’d put Rangers, Droid’s Story and the PedoLando show in the “makes sense” category as well.
    6)Andor: Yeah, they’re not gonna throw away a finished project like that, no matter how ridicolous the premise; renewing it, of course, is another matter.
    7)There’s also supposed to be a Taika Waititi movie and a Kevin Feige movie; “supposed” being the operative word.

    November 9, 2021 at 11:31 pm
    • Chris Lopes Reply

      1) Since they spent most of TROS disavowing any knowledge of his actions, that sounds about right.
      2) Who cares. No one is actually reading that shit anyway.
      3) While I’d love that to be true, we’ve heard this song before. I’ll believe it when they present her head on a silver platter to Chapek during a board meeting.
      4) They are certainly in charge of their own projects. I don’t think they are the driving force behind the thing just yet though.
      5) Chepak seems like the type to shit can a project just to let KK know who’s in charge. So it wouldn’t surprise me.
      6)If the money has already been spent and the work is done, it makes sense to just run it. As far as it being lame goes, when has that ever stopped them?

      November 10, 2021 at 1:45 am
  • jorgen Reply

    Rogue Squadron was the first Disney Star Wars parody. Wasn’t it? (teehee)

    November 10, 2021 at 1:32 am
  • furor kek tonicus ( guns don't kill people, Alec Baldwins kill people ) Reply

    the one thing i WILL say about this is that new C-suite people love, Love, LURV to cancel projects from the previous administration and spin up new projects of their own, regardless of the wisdom or sunk cost involved in doing so. regardless even of whether their own “new” ideas have any particular merit.
    kind of the sociopaths need to turn everything into a pissing contest and then prove that they “won” the pissing contest. which, if you’re CEO, is pretty easy to do at least in the short term as you’re the one judging the contest.
    and if there’s one thing VogonEyes would be good at, it would be the sociopathic infighting behind the closed boardroom doors.

    November 10, 2021 at 2:11 am
    • Christopher Lopes Reply

      John Carter was too far along to cancel, so the new CEO screwed up the marketing to kill it in the theaters. It’s fun to play infantile games with other people’s money.

      November 10, 2021 at 4:33 am
      • furor kek tonicus ( guns don't kill people, Alec Baldwins kill people ) Reply

        i saw John Carter in a theater … it wasn’t lack of marketing that killed it. it was a very poorly composed movie.

        November 10, 2021 at 5:42 am
      • Joe S.Walker Reply

        John Carter didn’t need much killing. When it started by telling us that everything we’ve learned about Mars since 1913 is wrong, I knew it was hopeless. You can’t insult the audience’s intelligence that bluntly.

        November 10, 2021 at 11:20 am
  • Codex Reply

    “Kathleen Kennedy has no remaining power at LucasFilm”

    What if she has pulled a Kamala Harris and has traded continuing to hold a position of status and seeming power in return for, in fact, kissing the ring and doing nothing (and I mean nothing) that her superiors have not authorized?

    In other news, I am so very very grateful and appreciative of the kind review in bounding into comics. Especially since you brought us in with Father Gabriel and Radio Boy. Yowza!

    November 10, 2021 at 5:07 am
  • furor kek tonicus ( guns don't kill people, Alec Baldwins kill people ) Reply

    soooooooooooooooooooooo it turns out that Halyna Hutchins is a Communist agent married to a US spook with extensive experience turning out lurid sex themed stories.
    and it’s not enough that the husband is a spook, his “official” work is as a banksta / lawyer working mergers and acquisitions.

    November 10, 2021 at 5:46 am
  • Herman Sheeple Reply

    One more fail for KK.
    KK deserves to be remembered as the world’s most successful coffee gofer.
    KK has proven that she added nothing to the success of those she has “served” (if you get my meaning).

    November 13, 2021 at 5:55 pm

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