We had this discussion, well, a brief argument, during yesterday’s Cinema Royale podcast. What was the biggest news to come out of Disney’s tidal wave of announcements last week? I think it’s pretty clear the shocker of shocker was Patty Jenkins directing a Rogue Squadron movie. Not only because she’s the amazing filmmaker behind both Wonder Woman movies, or because she’s the first woman to direct a Star Wars feature, but because this was the first concrete news we’d heard from Lucasfilm about the big screen in ages.
So the question then is, “What is Rogue Squadron going to be”? Is it an adaptation of the popular video games and novels? IGN had a chance to ask Jenkins that very question, and she says her film will be something different.
Jenkins said, “[In the ‘Star Wars: Rogue Squadron’ movie] we’re doing something original with great influence from the games and the books. There’s a lot of things being acknowledged and understood about the greatness of all of those things, but yes, it’s an original story and I’m so psyched to do it.”
I think this is the best idea. Personally, I don’t want to see adaptations from the expanded universe. Leave that stuff where it is, in the pre-canon era. But taking elements from those stories and refashioning them, sorta like what Dave Filoni is doing with a character such as Thrawn, is a cool way to make sure nothing goes to waste while creating something new.