Lucasfilm Cancels 2 Upcoming Star Wars Movies (Report)

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While Star Wars has been in a dry spell when it comes to theatrical releases, a new report indicates that the drought will continue, as Lucasfilm has canceled two pending films.

The state of Star Wars' theatrical presence has been nonexistent since after The Rise of Skywalker. Behind closed doors, it hasn't been too great either.

Over the past few years, there have been countless reports of all sorts of films entering development—though none of them seem to ever make it further than that.

As of now, there are only two movies that seem to have made any progress. The first is Damon Lindelof's project (which just hired an MCU director), and the other is Taika Waititi's—which could film "around April or May" of 2023.

It looks like they remain the only Star Wars movies to be going anywhere.

Two Star Wars Movies Scrapped

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According to a new report by Variety, at least two in-development Star Wars movies have been canceled.

The first is the untitled movie from Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, which was being written by Loki and Avengers: Secret Wars scribe Michael Waldron. As of May 2022, the movie was still alive and kicking—though it was clearly a losing battle.

The second axed film was none other than Patty Jenkin's Rogue Squadron. The project, which was originally slated to be the first Star Wars film after The Rise of Skywalker, has had a rocky development.

The last update fans had on it was that, despite previously leaving the project, Petty Jenkins was still hopeful of coming back to Lucasfilm to work on it. Sadly, it doesn't seem like it'll all work out.

Two movies that are still in development include Taika Waititi's Star Wars film and one written by Damon Lindelof.

Will Lucasfilm Ever Release More Movies?

It is strange to think that Lucasfilm basically gave up on movies when Rise of Skywalker got the reception it did. Ever since then, the company has clung to Disney+, where they've now put out four live-action shows.

But one day, they have to start making movies again... right?

It's actually expected that Lucasfilm will be releasing some of their theatrical Star Wars plans at this year's Star Wars Celebration in April. Hopefully, it'll be more than just title cards—even just the smallest amount of detail is great.

As for what the movies will be about, it's nearly impossible to say at this point. They could exist in Mando's point of the timeline or potentially come after Episode 9, which is untouched territory.

There's always the High Republic era, which is currently only being explored by Lucasfilm's publishing side. Then again, maybe the studio will be something entirely new and disconnected from what fans are familiar with.

The Mandalorian airs every Wednesday, only on Disney+.

- About The Author: Russ Milheim
Russ Milheim is the Industry Relations Coordinator at The Direct. On top of utilizing his expertise on the many corners of today’s entertainment to cover the latest news and theories, he establishes and maintains communication and relations between the outlet and the many studio and talent representatives.