Marvel president Kevin Feige and Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins have just had both their Star Wars projects destroyed, like a Death Star. Unfortunately, like Palpatine in The Rise Of Skywalker, Taika Waititi’s Star Wars project seems to have somehow survived.
The Light Side
Let’s start with the good news. In December 2020, the Sarlacc herself, Kathleen Kennedy announced that Patty Jenkins would direct the next Star Wars movie, Rogue Squadron. But in September 2022, Disney pulled the title from its scheduled December 2023 release, with rumors swirling at the time that it was actually deader than Luke Skywalker’s reputation after the sequels.
Now it’s been confirmed that Feige’s involvement with his own Star Wars movie is also done and dusted. The film remained alive as recently as May 2022, when Feige’s chosen screenwriter, Michael Waldron of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness said that he was enjoying the “creative freedom to do something that’s not necessarily a sequel or anything.”
The usual shills are already out in force claiming that Feige’s commitment to the MCU is the reason for the cancellation. Feige and Waldron have been busying themselves writing the script for Avengers: Secret Wars which is scheduled to abuse our eyeballs in 2026.
However, one cannot help but look at MCU’s Phase 4, and the start of Phase 5, as the reasons Lucasfilm has decided to jump Star Destroyer.
After 2019’s Avengers: Endgame, Kevin Feige was practically a God. Any head of a major studio would eat their young if it meant getting Kev onboard one of their franchises. However, that was before the dark times, before Phase 4, when everything Marvel went to hell.
The Dark Side
OK, now the bad. In the weird, fucked-up universe we live in, it seems that Thor: Love and Thunder filmmaker Taika Waititi continues to work on his Star Wars project. Just before you thought it couldn’t get any worse, we hear he plans to give himself a role onscreen too. The ego on this dude!
If his movie does ever see the light of day, it will be a full six years since audiences have seen a Star War on the big screen.
Oh, it gets worse. Sources close to Lucasfilm say the studio is still committed to a Star Wars movie from director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, a two-time Oscar-winning documentarian Saving Face, and A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness who made her live-action narrative debut with two episodes of Ms. Marvel. Damon Lindelof of Watchmen infamy and Justin Britt-Gibson Counterpart were attached in October to write the script for that movie.
Star Wars Celebration Convention
Apparently, Lucasfilm will begin to unveil its plans for the future of Star Wars cinema at the Star Wars Celebration convention in London the weekend of April 7. Side note: my son and his nerd pals are going to this and have booked a meet and greet with Hayden Christensen and Ewan McGregor!
Anyway, Lucasfilm is expected to show new footage from season 2 of Andor as well as The Acolyte and Skeleton Crew. The big news is the reveal of some Ahsoka goodies for the show starring Rosario Dawson that aims to debut in late summer.
RIP Star Wars.
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