Last week it was reported that Patty Jenkins’ Star Wars film has been delayed indefinitely, reports have surfaced suggesting that the move was made due to creative differences between the director and Lucasfilm executives. The news comes from former THR editor and noted insider Matthew Belloni, who reports that issues between Jenkins and the studio caused the film to be taken off Lucasfilm’s production schedule. Specifically, Belloni reports that the issues have revolved around the film’s script, stating that Jenkins and studio executives including senior VP Michelle Rejwan couldn’t agree on how to move forward.
Belloni adds that this is a “laughably recurring problem” at Lucasfilm. According to the article, a number of agents have previously reported that top filmmakers are often keen to sign on for a movie within the franchise, but find themselves hampered by issues of “micromanagement and plot-point-by-committee” processes.
Belloni cites that similar experiences were held by Game Of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss who “bailed” on creating a new Star Wars trilogy as well as Rian Johnson, whose own trilogy was also shelved.
Lucasfilm has a sour documented history with directors since it was bought by Disney. Gareth Edwards, Phil Lords and Chris Miller butted heads with Lucasfilm over their “Rogue One” and “Solo” films.
The sequel trilogy quickly fizzled out due to lack of planning and what to do with the classic cast. Ultimately “Rise of Skywalker” set the theatrical films back with fans rather than spring it forward into spin-off films.
Even though the franchise has found new life through “The Mandalorian” theatrically the force is still not strong with Star Wars…