Star Wars is dropping some dead weight. Variety exclusively reports that, according to their sources, not only is Patty Jenkins’ Rogue Squadron dead but the Star Wars film to be produced by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has also been scrapped. (The official phrase is “no longer in active development,” but we can read between the lines.) While no reason is given for Rogue Squadron’s cancellation – although Wonder Woman 1984 would probably be a good guess – Feige is said to be just too gull durned busy with Phases 5 and 6 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to be able to produce a Star Wars movie. However, there is a Star Wars film slated for release in December 2025; Variety says it’s likely either Taika Waititi’s movie or one by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, a documentarian whose only narrative credits are two episodes of Ms. Marvel. I’m sure legions of fans are on the edge of their seats in anticipation for either of those.
Rogue Squadron isn’t much of a surprise; after Patty Jenkins’ statement that she wasn’t sure if it would get made, the writing was on the wall. The Kevin Feige one is slightly more newsworthy, as it would seem to be something that could be avoided with some fancy crediting footwork. Even if Feige is too busy with Marvel, they could always just slap his name on something and say he produced it to save face. (In a great interview with Ben Shapiro, the legendary David Mamet said that after spending decades in Hollywood, he still has “no idea what a producer does.”) I don’t buy the excuse that the next two Marvel Phases just sneaked up on him; they knew all this when his Star Wars movie was announced. In fact, Michael Waldron of Loki and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was supposed to write that film, and he’s got Avengers: Secret Wars on his docket, so being too busy hardly seems like it was ever a consideration. This feels like a rejection, like they want people to know that Feige isn’t making a Star Wars film. I wonder if that’s because of how poorly the MCU is being received nowadays; Feige’s name once ensured quality, but his stock has fallen with Marvel’s. Not that either of the movies they’re planning sound a whole lot better; I’m beyond sick of Taika Waititi and his obnoxious humor, and Ms. Marvel is something everyone should be scrubbing from their résumé. So, Star Wars remains as it’s been for a long time: stranded at sea, with only a TV show or two to keep it afloat.