Disney Removes ‘Star Wars’ Spinoff ‘Rogue Squadron’ From Release Calendar, Sets Dates for ‘Snow White,’ ‘Inside Out 2’ and ‘Lion King’ Sequel

Disney has removed director Patty Jenkins’ “Rogue Squadron,” the “Star Wars” film from its release calendar. The move comes as a bit of a surprise since Tentpole , which was slated for a December 22, 2023 release, was pulled from the studio’s production schedule in 2021.

The announcement is more or less pro forma, as the window for “Rogue Squadron” to begin filming in time to complete the film by next December has almost closed. The next big-screen installment in the space opera saga was already delayed to November 2021, reportedly due to scheduling conflicts with Jenkins.

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As part of the schedule change, Disney set release dates for several films, including Rachel Zeigler (March 22, 2024); “Inside Out 2,” the follow-up to the emotional Pixar picture (June 14, 2024); and “The Lion King” sequel “Mufasa” from director Barry Jenkins (July 5, 2024).

The studio also pitched Searchlight’s “Next Goal Win,” an inspirational sports comedy from Taika Waititi (April 21, 2023); Disney Animation’s “Wish,” a film inspired by the concept of wishing upon a star, (November 22, 2023); and Pixar’s “Elio,” a science-fiction tale about an 11-year-old extraterrestrial who becomes Earth’s galactic ambassador (March 1, 2024).

Development plans for “Inside Out 2,” “Alio” and “Wish,” including Oscar-winner Ariana DeBose and the team behind Frozen, were unveiled over the weekend at the D23 Expo, the company’s biannual pep rally for fans. was revealed in

Meanwhile, the theme-park ride adaptation “Haunted Mansion” will open on Aug. 11, 2023 instead of its previous date of March 10, 2023, and an untitled Marvel film has been pushed to its new release date of Feb. 16, 2024. Home on September 6, 2024.

“Rogue Squadron” was expected to be the first “Star Wars” movie to hit theaters since 2019’s “The Rise of Skywalker.” Disney and Lucasfilm are busy developing separate “Star Wars” features — one with Waititi, another with “The Last Jedi” filmmaker Rian Johnson and a third with Marvel chief Kevin Feige — but little has been said about either of them. Information not available. efforts, so it’s unclear which of these will be the first to hit theaters.

When Jenkins Previously announced spinoffs In 2020, he cites the thrill of seeing his late father, who served as a fighter pilot in the US Army, and “Rogue Squadron” as part of his desire to “one day make the greatest fighter pilot film ever”. mentioned

Adam B. Very contributed to this report.

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