Following the disaster known as Wonder Woman 1984, in what should come as no surprise, it’s learned Patty Jenkins will not be writing Star Wars: Rogue Squadron for Disney and Lucasfilm.
The flick will be written by Matthew Robinson who is known for not much, but according to IMDb, Robinson co-wrote and co-directed with Ricky Gervais the 2009 comedy The Invention of Lying, and has worked on The Power Inside TV miniseries, Jerked, Black Box, the 73rd Golden Globe Awards in 2016, Monster Trucks, Dora and the Lost City of Gold, 2020 Golden Globe Awards, Love and Monsters starring Dylan O’Brien, Live Die Repeat and Repeat, the sequel to Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt’s Edge of Tomorrow, and the upcoming Little Shop of Horrors.
Regarding Jenkins and Wonder Woman 1984, the movie is considered the worst of the DCEU movies by some and has a 59% score over at Rotten Tomatoes while the first Wonder Woman – not written by Jenkins – has a 93% Rotten Tomatoes score and a higher Audience Score.
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron will be original
Back in December, Jenkins revealed they had the treatment (the story idea) for Star Wars: Rogue Squadron almost finished.
“We’re very far into the — we’re finishing the treatment basically, which is pretty big,” she said. “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 a while. It’s going great. I’m super excited about it. I’m super excited about the story.”
Jenkins also added in a separate interview, “We’re doing something original with great influence from the games and the books. 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.”
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron was first announced at Disney’s Investor Day event in December where Jenkins and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy revealed details.
“I love to move fast in speed of any kind,” said Jenkins. “I think that’s because I grew up the daughter of a great fighter pilot and every day I would wake up and go outside and look up, and see my father and his squadron taking off in their F4s roaring across the sky and it was the most thrilling thing still I have experienced in my entire life. So when he lost his life in service to this country, it ignited a desire in me to turn all of that tragedy and thrill into one day making the greatest fighter pilot movie of all time but try as I might and look as I did, I couldn’t find the right story ever. I kept looking and looking but I just couldn’t find the right one. Until now. Now I found a movie about two things I love. So I am going to see you very soon.”
Kathleen Kennedy also said at the presentation: “Patty, director of the Wonder Woman franchise, will bring her inspired vision to Rogue Squadron. This story will introduce a new generation of starfighter pilots as they earn their wings and risk their lives in a boundary-pushing high-speed thrill ride. The legend of Rogue Squadron has been long beloved by Star Wars fans and will move us into a future era of the galaxy.”
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron has a December 22, 2023 release date.
(Matthew Robinson writing Star Wars: Rogue Squadron info via Deadline)