Things move faster than the Falcon doing the Kessel Run when it comes to Hollywood, with the news that Star Wars: Rogue Squadron had been delayed due the age-old classic “scheduling conflicts” already having evolved into reports of “creative differences” between director Patty Jenkins and Lucasfilm.
According to the latest newsletter from The Hollywood Reporter’s editor Matt Belloni, Jenkins has become frustrated by the micromanagement of select Lucasfilm executives, eventually opting to pursue other opportunities while Lucasfilm worked on fixing its internal problems.
Belloni continues to reveal that he has spoken to insiders who say that “Jenkins couldn’t agree on the script with Lucasfilm executives, which has become a laughably recurring problem at Lucasfilm under president Kathleen Kennedy.” He writes that “Top filmmakers are dying to make a Star Wars movie—until they sign on and experience the micromanagement and plot-point-by-committee process. It happened to the Game of Thrones guys, David Benioff and Dan Weiss, who were hired to create a new trilogy but bailed. It also happened to Rian Johnson, writer and director of 2017’s The Last Jedi, whose own planned trilogy was shelved. Jenkins wasn’t willing to dick around, and she has other projects, notably Wonder Woman 3 at Warner Bros., where she enjoys more creative freedom.”
With Jenkins already in the process of planning the Gal Gadot double-bill of Wonder Woman 3 and Paramount’s Cleopatra, it doesn’t seem likely that she’ll get to fulfil those excited promises made in that Disney Investor Day video announcement from 2020.
Let us know what you make of these developments by heading to our social channels @FlickeringMyth… Should Rogue Squadron be grounded, or are you happy to wait for the “creative differences” to be ironed out?