With the Skywalker Saga now behind us, the world is ready for the next stage of the Star Wars franchise on the big-screen, and during the Disney Investors Day live-stream, it was announced that Wonder Woman 1984 director Patty Jenkins will be taking the helm of Rogue Squadron, a brand-new film that will introduce audiences to “a new generation of starfighter pilots as they earn their wings and risk their lives in a boundary-pushing, high-speed thrill-ride, and move the saga into the future era of the galaxy.” The film is slated to hit theaters on December 22, 2023, making it the first Star Wars film on the big-screen since the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker last year.
While speaking with Collider, Patty Jenkins dropped an update on where they’re at with the Rogue Squadron script.
We’re very far into the — we’re finishing the treatment basically, which is pretty big. So it ends up being like where you’re fairly close to a well-along screenplay by the time I’m done with the treatment in my process. So yeah, we’ve been working on it for awhile. It’s going great. I’m super excited about it. I’m super excited about the story.
As far as who is scripting Rogue Squadron, Patty Jenkins wouldn’t name names but would only tease, “I want him to have his own proper announcement, so I’m going to wait until that comes out.” In a separate interview with IGN, Jenkins added that although the film will take inspiration from the Rogue Squadron games and books, it will be an original story. “[In the Star Wars: Rogue Squadron movie] we’re doing something original with great influence from the games and the books,” Jenkins told IGN. “There’s a lot of things being acknowledged and understood about the greatness of all of those things, but yes, it’s an original story and I’m so psyched to do it.“
In a statement released when the project was first announced, Patty Jenkins said, “It’s been a lifelong dream as a filmmaker to one day make a great fighter pilot film. As the daughter of a great fighter pilot myself, some of the best memories of my life are of seeing my father’s squadron take off in their F4s every morning, and hearing and feeling the awe-inspiring power and grace. When he passed away in service to this country it ignited a burning desire to one day channel all of those emotions into one great film. When the perfect story arrived in combination with another true love of mine, the incomparable world of Star Wars, I knew I’d finally found my next film. I’m extremely honored and excited to take it on, and grateful to Lucasfilm, Disney, and the fans for extending that thrill to me.” If we get Top Gun meets Star Wars with Rogue Squadron, what’s the Star Wars equivalent of volleyball? Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy added, “Patty has established herself as one of the top directors working in the film industry today. She’s a visionary who knows how to strike the balance between action and heart, and I can’t wait to see what she does in the Star Wars galaxy.” Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman 1984 is slated to hit theaters and HBO Max on December 25th.