What Does Rogue Squadrons' Potential Cancellation Mean in Star Wars?

What Does Rogue Squadrons' Potential Cancellation Mean in Star Wars? ...

The Rogue Squadron has finally been grounded.

The Star Wars film that was announced back in late 2020 on a Disney investors request has been removed from the Disney release schedule. The Lucasfilm film was supposed to arrive on December 22, 2023, even though months passed without any noticeable movement on the film.

The film, which would have been the first new Star Wars theatrical release since The Rise of Skywalker was disappointing at the box office, would have also been the first Star Wars film, period, to be directed by a woman. But as time passed, fans began to wonder what was going on with the project.

Rogue Squadrons' intentions to release the film in November 2021 were then vetoed, confirming that the film was comatose, if not outright dead. This weeks revelation that it had been withdrawn from the schedule only further confirmed that the film had been put on hold for the time being.

What This Means for Star Wars Going Forward

Rogue Squadron will not be reintroduced once more, and indeed Disney did not express any reason for its removal, but two other untitled Star Wars films are still scheduled for release: the one for December 19, 2025, and the other for December 17, 2027. However, any additional information regarding both is unknown.

Taika Waititi, the star of Thor: Love and Thunder, told ScreenRant back in June that she is still working on it. I'm still figuring out how to tell it to feel like a Star Wars film, and I've got other projects in the works. It's time for Waititi to get his Star Wars opus on track.

The Mandalorian is entering Season 3, Andor is just days away from its premiere, and Ahsoka and The Acolyte are both in production. No one hasruled out a second season of The Book of Boba Fett or Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Despite their merits, streaming shows have lacked a certain amount of prestige and visibility in pop culture, and unlike the movies, many of them have failed to make a significant impact on the scene.

Rogue Squadron is now missing from theaters, including Rian Johnson's supposedly still possible trilogy, Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss' surely dead trilogy, as well as standalone films from Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige and Sleight director J.D. Dillard.

Lucasfilm and Disney appear to be continuing to be gun-shy about committing to a full Star Wars theatrical slate, whether it was the scathing fan, critical, and box office reaction to The Rise of Skywalker, the still-lingering division over The Last Jedi, or difficulties in putting Star Wars out of the comfort zone of Skywalker family canon and fan service.

The disappearance of Rogue Squadron and the absence of significant commentary on any additional theatrical productions suggest that, for the time being, Disney believes that streaming is the most profitable route for Star Wars. Who knowsperhaps even a reimagined Rogue Squadron might eventually be able to fly once more, only this time on your television.

That still seems like a reasonable height for a concept that was once intended to herald in the next stage of Star Wars as a cinematic event.