The script for the next Star Wars film is almost finished and the director is putting together a crew to make that December 2023 release date.

Normally, a film making it through pre-production to the point where the cameras actually begin to roll wouldn’t be considered news… but this is a Star Wars film.

The iconic space opera series has had more than a few teething problems under Disney’s stewardship, with one of the chief ones being just how difficult it has proved to get planned movies into production. The planned Boba Fett movie and the also-planned Obi Wan Kenobi film both fell into development hell and have eventually emerged instead as Disney+ shows. After the release of The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson was said to be working on a brand new trilogy which has now been in development for years with nary a peep about it… and this is just the tip of the iceberg.

And so, when a Star Wars project does make it through the Lucasfilm machine and into production, it might be considered novel, but that’s what appears to be on the cards for the planned Rogue Squadron movie, according to director, Patty Jenkins.

The Wonder Woman helmer offered an update on the project, when talking to The Hollywood Reporterstating “it’s going amazing. I had been on it already for six months before I even announced that, so we’re pretty deep into it. We’re finishing a script, crewing up, and it’s all going wonderful. I’m so excited about the story and excited that we’re the next chapter of Star Wars, which is such a responsibility and such an opportunity to really start some new things. It’s really exciting in that way.”

We’ve come across fairly-well substantiated stories in the past that have discussed how story decisions were influenced by Disney chief executive, Bob Iger. Jenkins though, appears to be happy with the levels of creative freedom she has been given, saying she was “fairly free” to tell the story she wanted, whilst adding that the most constricting element was sticking to the saga’s convoluted continuity.

“It’s an entirely different way of working. I’m on the phone with all of them and doing Zoom meetings with everybody involved in Star Wars all the time. I’m fairly free to do the story that we want to do, but you really need to know who’s done what, who’s doing what, where it goes and how it works, and what designs have been done before. It’s a whole other way of working that I’m getting up to speed on.”

It all sounds good so far, but we’ve seen Star Wars films make it into the production phase before things don’t go to plan, so let’s wait and see what happens next. The Rogue Squadron books were some of the most fun stories of the obsolete Star Wars Expanded Universe though, so here’s hoping the project comes off. We’ll bring you more news as we hear it. It’s due in 2023.

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