Patty Jenkins, the director of Wonder Woman 1984 and the newly-announced Star Wars: Rogue Squadron, has talked about the pressure of directing a Star Wars movie and how she got the job.
Last week brought an abundance of Star Wars news and announcements, with one of them being that Patty Jenkins will be directing the next movie, a fighter pilot focused adventure entitled Star Wars: Rogue Squadron.
Directing a Star Wars movie is no easy feat, with a lot of people to please who all have very specific and intense expectations. Jenkins seems up to the task, however, and has told Yahoo all about it:
“I feel a huge amount of pressure to make a great Star Wars film, of course. The fan base is amazing and massive and that’s no small task. That’s really what I think about.”
Regarding being the first woman to direct a Star Wars movie, she said: “If I can be in a groundbreaking position to pave the way for other people, that’s amazing. I hope that I get to do that but luckily [Wonder Woman and Wonder Woman 1984] were not no pressure, either. So I’ve gotten pretty used to the fact that there’s really nothing you can do about it. You just have to try to make a great film and really be diligent about keeping your eye on the ball and always making sure you’re thinking about everything. So I will carry forward and try to make a great movie.”
Jenkins also revealed how she was approached to make the movie: “What happened was [Lucasfilm] just approached me and [asked] would I ever be interested and I said it would really depend on what the story was. I just always want to make sure that I feel I can make an amazing movie. And when they said Rogue Squadron I almost gasped. Because I couldn’t believe that they were so wise to know and somehow intuit that that’s exactly what I’ve been dying to do for so long because of my past and growing up around fighter pilots. It really is a movie I’ve been dying to make. I spent years trying to make a movie about Chuck Yeager. So this is just a huge honor to get to take this on.”
While details are slim at this point, hopefully, the movie turns out to be a great one and a welcome return to the big screen for the franchise after what will then be four years away.