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Patty Jenkins Is Free to Tell the Story She Wants To Tell With Rogue Squadron

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    Patty Jenkins is tasked with the responsibility of directing the first Star Wars movie after Lucasfilm concluded the episodic saga with The Rise of Skywalker. Rogue Squadron is set to hit theaters in December 2023, and the director briefly talked about her experience so far working in a galaxy far, far away as well as her level of creative control on the film.



    In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Jenkins was asked about how the development of Rogue Squadron is going. Jenkins Star Wars film was announced in a video, which involved her talking about her family's history of fighter pilots, most specifically her Father. Jenkins proceeds to suit up in a very familiar orange jumpsuit, put on an X-wing fighter pilot helmet, and walk toward a T-65 X-wing on a runway. It has been seven months since that announcement, and the director has shed some light on how things are progressing.



    The near-completed script is being written by Matthew Robinson (The Invention of Lying, Edge of Tomorrow, Love and Monsters). There have been no reports or even substantial rumors about potential cast members to this point. Fans often like to speculate in the realm of familiarity, but it remains to be seen whether Chris Pine learns how to lock S-foils in attack position. For now, we have to wait to find out who will star in this next era of Star Wars theatrical films.



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    Jenkins did reveal that she agreed to terms to direct Rogue Squadron in early summer 2020, so it is very possible that video teaser announcing the project was a part of a bigger announcement for Star Wars Celebration 2020, which was obviously cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.



    The Wonder Woman director did delve a bit into the difference in how Star Wars films are made. With a vast and ever-expanding canon of interconnected storytelling, checks and balances are always in place, even when directors are given a full blessing of creative license. So what is working on Star Wars like for Jenkins so far?



    We still have a ways to go before seeing X-wings pierce through the starry canvas of Star Wars across theaters worldwide - as mentioned above - the film is not due out until December 2023. But we should start finding out more details as the project moves closer to production. As always, we will keep you up to date on all information and news about Rogue Squadron and all upcoming Star Wars projects.



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    For the full interview with Patty Jenkins beyond the bits about Star Wars, check it out at The Hollywood Reporter.



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    After WW84 I'm not so sure anymore... the WW84 trailers were great but the execution was mired in a campy take. I hope she does a better job with this since I read the books growing up... has she read any of the Star Wars X-Wing Legends books? Does she know who Michael A. Stackpole, and R.I.P. Aaron Allston are?
     
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    I liked WW84 more than most it seems, and my favourite scene from that (the one
    in the Jet
    ) makes me quite excited for this (as if I wouldn’t be anyway).
     
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    I enjoyed WW84 well enough. It was campy, but that was kinda the point, right? Like, I can get how it didn't land well for everyone, but it's not like that's just Jenkin's raw style or anything.

    I'm really interested in what a Rogue Squadron movie could bring. Definitely hoping for some gritty, immersive, in the cockpit action. Rogue One was pretty cool, but I'd really like to see most of the character action driven from in-flight conversation, rather than stuff back at base.

    Really, it'd be fascinating if every single scene took place on a flight mission. I feel like that's basically what the N64 game did, and that had pretty good character development for that era.
     
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    Good any writer or director should be able to tell the story they want especially if it’s a single movie. Not in a series
     
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    People keep bringing up WW'84 as a reason to be unsure about this film but why should that stain the director and all future films? People suddenly forget about Monster (an award winning biopic drama) and the first Wonder Woman film, which was highly praised and successful!?

    Wonder Woman'84 disappointed most fans but it didn't bomb at the box office and was highly successful as a streaming film on HBO Max and it's not among the worst cbm of all time on the list for most hardcore fans. It's not even considered to be the worst DCEU film. It disappointed critics but it ain't like a super flop on rotten tomatoes either!

    People also forget this film depends on actors, producers and writers than simply Paty Jenkins!
     
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    To all of those worried about this movie because of WW84, I understand. WW84 was far from my favorite DC movie, and definitely not my favorite of the two WW movies. Heck, I retooled it in my review! But I implore that you remember that Jenkins is still has two great movies in Monster and the first Wonder Woman movie. She's 2-for-3. If those were betting odds, they wouldn't be too terrible; so let's bet on her making it 3-for-4!


    Same!


    Agreed, but with caveats. The first being that you have to know where you're telling the story. Think of it like cooking - you're not going to bring curry to a BBQ cookout* or ramen to a tea party.

    Likewise, while Jenkins should of course be able to tell the story she wants, she should also be aware that this may spin off into a series (if successful enough), or that the characters may show up elsewhere down the line; which is an almost-given outcome, considering that she's working in a franchise that has a history of doing exactly that: Maul in TCW, Rebels, and Solo; Poe in Resistance, Saw Gerrera in virtually everything Pre-R1 that's come out since, Ahsoka in Rebels and The Mandalorian, etc. Patty isn't just telling a story, she's giving life to part of a universe. This will have ramifications, and to be unaware of that fact or what they may be** is nothing short of negligent in my mind.


    *I...may have done that exact thing on Monday. But I had good reason to do so, and the express permission from the hosts.
    **Not everything will be to be predicted, but getting ahead of it can only help.
     
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    Slightly tangental comparison, but given what I've seen of Top Gun: Maverick's flight scenes, that's the kind of energy I'd love to see in a Rogue Squadron flick
     
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    Personally, I'm not particularly interested in sick dogfight action, but I'm very hyped to learn what the story in this one is actually going to be about! Will a new galactic threat/conflict start to emerge, or will this film "only" be about top gun pilots putting down some local pirates or whatever?

    My prediction, based on nothing at all, is that RS will be small-scale with a localized problem in some distant corner of the Republic. The framing story will be local gov needing help from the Rep to fight off some criminals harrassing the place. Possibly remnant FO forces (Moff Gideon-style) or gangsters exploiting the power vaccum left by the FO. Meanwhile, the central story is in-squadron rivalries and post-FO issues with certain characters/factions having fought on the FO side during the war. There won't be any legacy/ST-main characters, except possibly for some cameo set-up/continuity stuff.

    RS, I bet, is gonna be small and personal, and will NOT actually kick-off the next era of SW as much as explore some leftover FO tensions. This will, in short, be a self-contained anthology movie akin to S:ASWS.

    That's my two credits, anyway :cool:
     
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    Personally, I don't like Patty's directing style. She likes to move the camera too much and overuse cgi, 2 things I don't want in SW movies.
    I prefer Kathryn Bigelow, Kelly Reichardt or Lulu Wang but I guess they don't have the blockbuster profile.
    Or Deborah Chow and Bryce Dallas Howard, who they did and incredible job in TM.

    Only this statement gives me some hope that she will adapt her style into SW Universe.

    "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."
     
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    I like WW, but WW84 might be one of the crappest movies I've seen...so I really don't know what to expect, hopefully it's good.
     
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    I must say, I enjoyed watching the campy WW TV show back in the '70s, I own the Batman campy TV show on Blu-ray, but I thought the Batman and Robin movie 1997 by Joel Schumacher RIP, btw, was evidence that mostly no one likes campy super hero flicks anymore.

    Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy also proved that campy is so out, Snyder's Cut... anyone? So WW84 was a complete disappointment for me. It reminded me of Batman and Robin '97.

    Pedro Pascal's portrayal of Maxwell Lord I must say again reminded me of Batman and Robin '97, and worst of all since I used to collect DC's Wonder Woman comic book I really looked forward to a live action Cheetah. Cheetah is WW's Joker... and Wonder Woman's Gold outfit in live action OMFG, ANYWHO...

    I hope Patty Jenkins does a great job with Rogue Squadron.
     
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