Disney Bosses Sat Down Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy And Told Her Keep Movie News To Yourself
Following a request from Disney, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy will no longer make premature announcements about upcoming Star Wars films and creative teams.
According to Puck, Disney has told Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy to cease revealing new projects years before their release date. The news follows a turbulent few years for the Star Wars property, which saw multiple film projects and creative collaborations fall apart after being talked up by Lucasfilm and Kennedy.
Rogue Squadron was first revealed by Lucasfilm during Disney Investor Day 2020, with Jenkins scheduled to direct and a release date of December 22, 2023. However, after two years in production, the picture was pulled off Disney's September 2022 release plan, and the movie is currently assumed to be on the back burner.
The trilogy by Benioff and D. B. Weiss was initially reported in February 2018. The project was abandoned after walking away from it in October 2019 owing to prior obligations with Netflix. Rian Johnson's intended Star Wars trilogy was also cited in the Puck piece as a project that has yet to materialize in the years after it was initially revealed. However, Johnson just stated that his trilogy is still in the works and that scheduling is what is now holding them back.
"It's entirely a matter of scheduling," he said. Johnson, who directed 2017's Star Wars: The Last Jedi, previously offered an update on his trilogy, saying, "It would break my heart if I were finished if I couldn’t get back in that sandbox at some point." Kennedy has also stated that "the deal that [Johnson] made at Netflix for multiple [Knives Out] movies" is one of the reasons why his Star Wars trilogy has been delayed.
In addition to the aforementioned projects, Lucasfilm is working on three other Star Wars films at varying levels of production. Taika Waititi, the director of Thor: Love and Thunder, is currently working on the script for his standalone Star Wars picture alongside Krysty Wilson-Cairns, while Marvel Studios CEO Kevin Feige is developing his own Star Wars film. Damon Lindelof has also just co-written a Star Wars picture that will be directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, who directed the fourth episode of Marvel Studios' Disney+ original series Ms. Marvel. At this moment, no more information about Lindelof's film is known.