Following news that Patty Jenkins’ Star Wars film was postponed indefinitely, reports have surfaced suggesting the move was due to creative differences between the director and Lucasfilm executives.
Former THR editor and noted insider Matthew Belloni reports that problems between Jenkins and the studio resulted in the film being removed from Lucasfilm’s production schedule. In particular, Belloni reports that the issues revolved around the film’s script, explaining that Jenkins and the studio managers, including Senior Vice President Michelle Rejwan, could not agree on how to proceed.
Belloni says this is a “ridiculously recurring problem” with Lucasfilm. According to the article, a number of agents have previously reported that top filmmakers are often interested in signing a film within the franchise but feel hampered by issues of “micromanagement and plot point-by-committee” processes.
Belloni notes that Game Of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss had similar experiences who “jumped” in creating a new Star Wars trilogy, as did Rian Johnson, whose own trilogy was also put on hold.
Jenkins Star Wars movie was originally announced in December 2020. Disney announced at the time that the movie would be called Star Wars: Rogue Squadron and that it would be the first title in the franchise to feature a female director. While the title shares its name with a franchise-based video game, Disney confirmed shortly after that that Rogue Squadron would not be an adaptation, but instead would feature its own original story.
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While little else was known about the plot of the film, the future of the film now seems far from certain. If production resumes in the future, fans are unlikely to see the film for a while.
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Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him Twitter.