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Rangers of the New Republic Not Moving Forward - Ideas To Be Used in The Mandalorian; and More Star Wars Updates From Kathleen Kennedy

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    Now that the Empire magazine January issue is out, we can finally read all of their coverage on The Book of Boba Fett. and other updates on the Star Wars franchise. Earlier this week we reported on Dave Filoni's writing process for Ahsoka, Kathleen Kennedy on the emotional reunion between Hayden Christensen and Ewan McGregor as wells as the future for sequel trilogy characters, and Jon Favreau and Robert Rodriguez talking The Book of Boba Fett. Well, there's more, including Kennedy essentially confirming Rangers of the New Republic has been cancelled, with ideas from it being absorbed into The Mandalorian and potentially other series.



    When discussing the future of the franchise, Kathleen Kennedy gave an update on Rangers of the New Republic  -- the Mandalorian spin-off show that was announced a year ago during Disney's Investors Day. Earlier this year Variety reported that the show as not in active development. While that didn't mean that the show was cancelled, Kennedy has now confirmed that it will not move forward:



    Empire wrote that the series was 'likely to be absorbed into other series,' though that was not a direct quote from the Lucasfilm president. It is unspecified if by 'other series' they are just referring to The Mandalorian or if Kennedy spoke about other projects too.



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    However, there is a whole other string of projects that are very much alive. Kennedy's first quote in the issue summarized what's to come in the immediate future:



    Let's not jump to conclusions. We already know that Obi-Wan, Andor, and The Mandalorian are planned to be coming out next year. The former two wrapped production in late summer, and Andor is supposedly coming by the end of summer 2022. The Mandalorian has been filming for a couple of months already and will likely hit next Fall. Ahsoka, however, will reportedly begin principal photography in March, so even if there was space in the calendar year for that show to come out, it probably wouldn't be ready. It is extremely possible Kennedy was just speaking fluidly there.



    With that said, we should keep in mind The Book of Boba Fett technically qualifies as a December 2021 release, despite the fact that every episode besides the first will debut in 2022. Is it possible Ahsoka could follow The Mandalorian and open in the last few days of 2022? Kathleen Kennedy's quote certainly doesn't contradict that, though again, she could have just been speaking freely on the future, and not as literal as that quote reads.



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    But there's more to the interview. Right after the paragraph on the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, which we reported on Monday, Empire wrote the following:



    There's a lot to dissect from that paragraph. First of all, there are more shows in development that haven't been announced. It's possible these projects are in very early stages of development, as Lucasfilm just had a huge opportunity to announce new shows during Disney Plus Day, but passed on the chance. Considering that, when are they planning to announce those new shows?



    As far as Rogue Squadron's delay goes, it is not surprising that Kennedy wasn't asked about it. The interview probably took place before that story came out, so logically Empire didn't bring it up. And lastly, there is one particular project missing -- Rian Johnson's trilogy of movies seems to be completely out of the picture, for better or worse.



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    Kennedy was also asked about the various Boba Fett projects Lucasfilm had in development over the years. Josh Trank was the chosen one to direct the third spin-off that would have been scheduled for 2020. Of course, Trank left the project, which would have been focused on the bounty hunter world, heavily featuring Boba Fett. This was around the time of the release of his Fantastic Four movie. The day of Solo's release, a report by a major trade came out saying that James Mangold (Logan) had been tapped to direct a Boba Fett-centric movie, which obviously never happened, the reason being - the story wasn't true. Kennedy clears that rumor up:



    Mangold's future with Lucasfilm ended up with another popular franchise, as he is directing Indiana Jones 5, which is currently filming in Sicily, where Kennedy was during this interview.



    This interview with Kathleen Kennedy certainly gave us a refreshing level of clarity, and hopefully there is more to come. Let's hope the legendary producer delivers on her promise, and they announce new series that actually see their way through production. As always, we will keep you updated with all future project developments.



    The Book of Boba Fett is right around the corner, it will debut on Disney Plus December 29.



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    shocked......:rolleyes:
     
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    They should stop announcing things they aren't going to make. Don't announce something unless it is in development. I really doubt the Rogue Squadron movie is going to happen. The Rian Johnson trilogy I guess is forgotten. What about the Lando show? It's hard to get excited for these shows and movies when there's a chance it's going to get canceled.
     
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    Hmm, well I was looking forward to Rangers of the New Republic since it sounded like an interesting idea, and I wanted to learn more about the New Republic in general. But since they didn't even have any scripts written yet, at the same time it doesn't seem like too much of a loss either.
     
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    Well that sucks but at least ideas from it will be used
     
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    Not surprised, considering all of the character drama last year. Still I'm not happy to see another Star Wars project canned. I think having the mindset of "the earliest I'll be excited is when I see a trailer" is a good mindset to have, given all of the cancelled projects. I do wonder if this is due to two problems we're conflating as one (such as projects cancelled before preproduction, and projects that crashed and burned during preproduction) or if they both stem from the same source. Regardless, the spin on this news is surprisingly positive, and I'm curious to see what happens next.
     
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    Yes indeed it's gonna be a busy 3 years for KK. Roll on The Book Of Boba Fett.
     
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    Exactly. And that way the toxic part of the fanbase would not get the idea that it is up to them to decide if that show should happen or not.
     
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    I can't say I'm surprised...or disappointed.
     
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    I'm a bit disappointed (though not surprised) since I was actually looking forward to this. But there's still enough other things upcoming that I'm not heartbroken about it either, especially with the revelation that this never got very far into development to begin with.
     
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