Director Patty Jenkins shares her vision for her next movie, Star Wars: Rogue Squadron. Rogue Squadron is the first Star Wars movie since the abject failure that was The Rise of Skywalker, and the name carries some history of it’s own. Rogue group were first mentioned in The Empire Strikes Back, but it was really Michael A. Stackpole’s novel in the old EU called Rogue Squadron that really gave the team popularity.
Speaking with Associated Press in the video below, Jenkins revealed some inspirations for her vision. She also talks about handling big expectations which the name Rogue Squadron carries.
“I’m in love with all three projects on my plate right now. I’m definitely doing Rogue Squadron next and I’m excited to do Wonder Woman 3. The Michael Stackpole books and the video games and all of the Rogue Squadron books, there’s an incredible history that’s really important to honor. And yet, it must be brought to a new age, because we have to tell a new story with it and so you’re trying to blend the best of everything and make it the great fighter-pilot movie, which I’ve always wanted to make, as well. It’s a big brew of things that you’re trying to put together and still try to keep a simple story.”
“You’re trying to bring the best of yourself and use it to make something beautiful that honors the legacy before you. Of course, it’s a huge amount of pressure and Wonder Woman was a huge amount of pressure, as well, so it’s not a totally new feeling to me. Definitely nerve-wracking.”
— AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) June 29, 2021
Interesting! Though I reckon fans will read this and jump to conclusions about what Jenkins means by a ‘new era’. Whilst it’s possible this story could be set post-Return of the Jedi in the Mandalorian era, I don’t think it will be. That being said, I think Jenkins use of a ‘new era’ here is not related to Star Wars timelines, but this era of filmmaking and storytelling.
So far the most popular ‘era’ for Star Wars: Rogue Squadron to take place in is post-Rise of Skywalker. For me, that is the era that would work best. It would feel most like the Galaxy as it was in the original novels. In other words dealing with the Empire/ First Order remnants after the main threat has been defeated.
My only worry, is that for all the talk of Michael A. Stackpole, no one from the production of this movie has been in touch with the author as yet. I and mega Stackpole fan Kyle Malone both think that Jenkins could really do with the authors input, at least on technical matters.
Recently we also found out that the writer for Rogue Squadron is Matthew Robinson. That one does not fill me with confidence, but I’ve been wrong before. What do you think of Patty Jenkins comments? Thoughts below as always.