During Disney’s 2020 Investor Day presentation, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy announced that Patty Jenkins had signed on to direct Rogue Squadron. At the time, the film was slated for a Christmas 2023 release but following a production delay in 2021, the film was removed from Lucasfilm’s slate in September 2022 leading fans to believe the film had been canceled. Now, in the wake of her departure from Wonder Woman 3, Jenkins has provided some clarity on the development of Rogue Squadron.
In a statement released through her Twitter account, Jenkins detailed the interconnected nature of her work on Wonder Woman 3 and the production delay on Rogue Squadron. “I originally left Rogue Squadron after a long and productive development process when it became clear it couldn’t happen soon enough and I did not want to delay WW3 any further,” said Jenkins. “When I did, Lucasfilm asked me to consider coming back to RS after WW3, which I was honored to do, so I agreed,” added the director.
Jenkins continued on to say that while Rogue Squadron has been bumped off the Lucasfilm release slate, the film is still in “active development” and that she is still very much a part of it.
[Lucasfilm] made a new deal with me. In fact, I am still on [Rogue Sqauadron] and that project has been in active development ever since. I don’t know if it will happen or not. We never do until the development process is complete, but I look forward to its potential ahead. Patty Jenkins
The last bit comes as a bit of a surprise to be sure, but a welcome one. As Jenkins points out, the development process doesn’t always end in a film being released so don’t hold your breath waiting for this one to hit theaters.