The troubled Star Wars movie magazine is getting another shake-up. There are a few changes in the galaxy far away, according to one Variety reportincluding the shelves of Kevin Feige’s mysterious Star Wars movie and Patty Jenkins’ Rogue Squadron. But not every Star Wars movie is on hold. At least a few more are in development.
The two that are still on track, at least nominally, are Taika Waiti’s project, which he’ll supposedly star in, and perhaps even Rian Johnson’s Star Wars trilogy, which dropped after the somewhat complicated response to 2017’s The Last Jedi – the sequel trilogy film that Johnson directed.
The Patty Jenkins film was supposed to be next on the Disney release calendar, originally slated to release in December 2023, until it was postponed indefinitely in September. So the next Star Wars movie in line should be from Taika Waititi, but there’s been no real word on that movie’s progress since its announcement in 2020. But with news that the movie is still in the works, it seems he may still be the next theatrical journey to the stars that the franchise gets.
As for the even more mysterious films in the Star Wars lineup, it looks like Kevin Feige’s project, which didn’t yet have a script or director, is also on the shelf, reports Variety. Feige’s Star Wars project was first announced in 2019 and was only active last year, but it seems it has been bitten in the dust in the meantime.
As for Rian Johnson, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy says the company still wants to work with him, but he’s still working on Knives out continued and Poker face for the moment, which might keep him busy.
This still leaves some big questions about the Star Wars calendar in the long run. As of now, the next Star Wars release date Disney has pegged is December 2025, which technically any movie could fit into, even the first movie in Rian Johnson’s trilogy which is apparently still in the works.
It seems most likely at this point that Waititi’s Star Wars movie will fill the 2025 window, but that still leaves a six-year gap between 2019’s The Rise of Skywalker and the next Star Wars movie. While Disney has consistently filled that gap with a full stack of streaming series, it’s hard to ignore the fact that Star Wars is essentially a big screen franchise, albeit one that can’t make its way to the theater.