Disney has removed “Rogue Squadron,” director Patty Jenkins’ “Star Wars” film, from its release schedule. The move comes as no surprise since the mast, which was slated for December 22, 2023, has been removed from the studio’s 2021 production schedule.
The announcement is more or less pro forma, as the window for “Rogue Squadron” to begin filming in time to wrap the movie by next December is nearly closed. The next big-screen story in the space opera saga was previously delayed to November 2021, reportedly due to scheduling conflicts with Jenkins.
As part of the schedule change, Disney has set release dates for several films, including its “Snow White” remake, starring Rachel Zegler (March 22, 2024); “Inside Out 2,” a sequel to Pixar’s moving picture (June 14, 2024); and “The Lion King” sequel “Mufasa,” from director Barry Jenkins (July 5, 2024).
The studio also planted flags for Searchlight’s “Next Goal Wins,” an inspirational sports comedy from Taika Waititi (April 21, 2023); Disney Animation’s “Wish,” a film that draws on the one-star wish concept (November 22, 2023); and Pixar’s “Elio,” a sci-fi tale about an 11-year-old alien who becomes Earth’s galactic ambassador (March 1, 2024).
Development plans for ‘Inside Out 2’, ‘Elio’ and ‘Wish’, featuring Oscar winner Ariana DeBose and the team behind Frozen, were revealed this weekend at D23 Expo, the rally biennial of the society for fans.
Meanwhile, the theme park ride adaptation “Haunted Mansion” will open on August 11, 2023, instead of its previous date of March 10, 2023, and an untitled Marvel movie has been pushed back from February 16, 2024 to its new one. home on September 6, 2024.
‘Rogue Squandron’ was set to be the first ‘Star Wars’ film to play in theaters since 2019’s ‘The Rise of Skywalker’. Disney and Lucasfilm are busy developing separate ‘Star Wars’ feature films – one with Waititi, another with “The Last Jedi” filmmaker Rian Johnson and a third with Marvel chief Kevin Feige – but there’s little to no information available on any of these efforts, so it’s unclear which of those- this will be the first to be released in theaters.
When Jenkins first announced the spin-off in 2020, she spoke of the thrill of watching her late father, who served as a fighter pilot in the U.S. military, and referred to “Rogue Squadron as her desire to “one day make the greatest fighter pilot movie ever.” all the time “.
Adam B. Vary contributed to this report.