January 17, 2024
by Bespin Bulletin

Yesterday we had two reports from two different outlets in regards to the untitled Star Wars movie led by Daisy Ridley, which would see Ridley reprise the role of Rey Skywalker as the character attempts to forge a new Jedi Order fifteen years after the events of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

The first report came from World of Reel, which I covered yesterday, though many X users decided to claim that it was my own report (it was not) as I covered and credited Reel. As I wrote in my article yesterday, I’ve followed World of Reel for a number of years for their film coverage which typically pertains to smaller movies – like a film from Paul Thomas Anderson for example. I’ve seen the outlet get reports correct regarding smaller movies, they don’t have much of an interest in the big franchises like Star Wars or Marvel, and as I wrote in yesterdays article covering their report – just because an outlet or individual is successful in one field, doesn’t mean they’d be successful in another.

The Reel report claimed that the Rey film had suffered an indefinite delay and that the delay stemmed from creative issues between Lucasfilm and the films writer, Steven Knight. An indefinite delay does not mean a film is cancelled or scrapped, which I think some fans assume when they see the term – it simply means something has been delayed for an unmeasured amount of time. The outlet added that Knight’s most recent draft was met with so many notes from the studio, that he would have to start from scratch and that the writer had become frustrated with the situation, with the outlet adding that there’s a chance, not that he had, exits the project.

Hours later, a journalist I really respect, Germain Lussier of Gizmodo, shared that according to one of their sources, the Rey film had not been indefinitely delayed and that Steven Knight was still part of the writing process with Lucasfilm awaiting a new draft from the writer. I also covered this report shortly after its release.

In my opinion, both reports can be right. World of Reel never claimed that Steven Knight had exited the film, just that he was frustrated and an exit could be possible – but that he was due to pen a new draft. The Gizmodo article stated that Knight is still part of the writing process on the film and that Lucasfilm await a new draft. Both reports say that Knight is still on the Rey film and both say that Lucasfilm anticipate a new draft. The biggest difference in the reports is that Reel said the film has suffered an indefinite delay, meaning it has no current release date, and Gizmodo said that the film had not suffered a delay. Today’s news might point towards a release date.

Lucasfilm and Disney announced three release dates for untitled Star Wars movies in June last year and those release dates are – May 22nd, 2026, December 18th, 2026 and December 17th, 2027. It was widely believed and reported by various reliable insiders including Jeff Sneider and MakingStarWars, along with the Hollywood trades, that the first movie to release, to take that May 2026 release window, was the untitled Rey Skywalker film that’s set to be directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (Ms. Marvel). Lucasfilm never publicly announced what Star Wars movie would helm the May 2026 window.

Last week, Lucasfilm announced The Mandalorian and Grogu, a film being written by Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, with Favreau also on board for directing duties. In the announcement, Lucasfilm revealed that the film was due to begin production later this year and that the film would lead their theatrical film slate that includes the Rey Skywalker movie, Filoni’s Mandalorian crossover event film and an untitled film from James Mangold (Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny). The wording in the announcement from Lucasfilm seems to imply, at least to me, that The Mandalorian and Grogu film will be the first on their slate to release, given that Lucasfilm said it’ll lead their theatrical slate, which means it’s likely that The Mandalorian and Grogu would take the May 2026 release window, given that’s when the next Star Wars film is due to be released. If this is the case, then the untitled Rey Skywalker film could not release on May 22nd, 2026, despite various outlets hearing that it was planned to be releasing during that window previously. Again, Lucasfilm never specified what Star Wars film would release in May 2026.

And that brings us to now, or more so last night. During the latest episode of The Hot Mic, reliable insider and journalist, Jeff Sneider, was asked about the Rey film suffering a delay. Sneider shared that he already commented on the matter in his X replies and that reply was, “My comment is trust ME when it comes to Star Wars and that’s about it. See you in December 2026” and added a winking emoji. He added on The Hot Mic that he did comment December 2026 in reference to the Rey Skywalker film possibly suffering a delay and that as far as he is aware, Steven Knight is the writer and will be given more time. Sneider teased that he has an article in the works, which is part of his paid newsletter, that will delve into the Star Wars release schedule.

It’s worth noting that in the past, Sneider has repeatedly said that the untitled Daisy Ridley led film was the next Star Wars movie to be released, which would place it in the May 2026 release window. In June of last year, Sneider mentioned that Lucasfilm were looking to begin filming on the flick in April 2024. However on December 7th, Sneider stated on The Hot Mic, before The Mandalorian and Grogu was announced, that the next Star Wars film to release was a Mandalorian movie. Sneider at the time said that, “We’ve all been operating under the impression that the Daisy Ridley movie is going to be the next Star Wars movie – I know I certainly was. Anyway, it doesn’t sound like that may be the next one.” Jeff Sneider is now hinting at the untitled Rey Skywalker film releasing in December 2026 when he, myself, MakingStarWars and the trades, had all heard May 2026 previously.

I’m not saying that Sneider is incorrect or that he’s lied – absolutely not. I respect Sneider and find him to be very reliable. What I am saying is that previously the Rey film was likely going to be the next Star Wars film to enter production and be the first to release. However that is no longer the case and The Mandalorian and Grogu will be the next Star Wars film to release. Again, Lucasfilm never publicly specified which Star Wars movie was going to release in May 2026, they never committed the Rey film to the May 2026 window publicly, so how can a film publicly suffer a delay when it didn’t have an announced release date? It can’t, but many reliable insiders and the trades said it was the next film to release, Daisy Ridley said she believed it was the next theatrical release, but it no longer is it seems to be the case and it’ll likely release on December 18th, 2026.

Personally, I’m looking forward to every Star Wars film that is currently in active development and that includes the Rey movie. I really like Ridley’s portrayal of the character and love The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, though I have some issues with The Rise of Skywalker. I’ve always wanted to see more from Rey post-sequel trilogy and was very excited about the prospect of a Damon Lindelof penned Rey flick. My excitement died down somewhat when Lindelof exited, purely because I’m such a fan of his work, and have yet to connect with any of the works I’ve seen from Steven Knight. Hopefully we get more clarity as to when we’ll see the Rey film sooner rather than later.

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