Patty Jenkins and Rian Johnson Reportedly Shelved Star Wars Projects Because of Creative Differences

Following the news that Patty Jenkins Star Wars movie has been delayed indefinitely, reports have surfaced suggesting that the move was made due to creative differences between the director and Lucasfilm executives.

Former THR editor and noted insider Matthew Belloni reports that issues between Jenkins and the studio caused the film to be taken off Lucasfilm’s production schedule. Specifically, Belloni reports that the issues have revolved around the film’s script, stating that Jenkins and studio executives including senior VP Michelle Rejwan couldn’t agree on how to move forward.

Belloni states that this is a “laughably recurring problem” at Lucasfilm. According to the article, a number of agents have previously reported that top filmmakers are often keen to sign on for a movie within the franchise, but find themselves hampered by issues of “micromanagement and plot-point-by-committee” processes.

Belloni cites that similar experiences were held by Game Of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss who “bailed” on creating a new Star Wars trilogy as well as Rian Johnson, whose own trilogy was also shelved.

Jenkins’ Star Wars film was originally announced in December 2020. Disney revealed at the time that the film 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 afterward that Rogue Squadron would not be an adaptation and instead would feature its own original story.

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While little else was known about the film’s plot, the future of the film now appears to be far from certain. If production does resume again in the future, it’s likely that fans won’t see anything from the film for some time yet.

For more on Star Wars: Rogue Squadron, make sure to check out our dedicated IGN page for the film.

Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.

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