Rangers Of The New Republic Not In Production, What That Means For Star Wars
During the Star Wars presentation during Disney Investor’s Day, a slew of new projects were revealed by Lucasfilm. Fans are worried that one of them is in trouble after a new report about Dave Filoni being promoted. Rangers of the New Republic is not currently in production, despite it being one of ten new series projects announced for Disney+. However, this may not be what it seems, especially since the furor over Filoni’s promotion came from some webmaster at Skywalker Ranch finally getting around to updating the Star Wars website. And, it’s also given the outrage grifters on YouTube something to gripe about.
For a certain kind of Star Wars “fan,” the news that Dave Filoni earned a new title meant (to them) more “trouble” for Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy. Though, her position is very safe, according to the CEO of Disney. Of course, Filoni’s promotion isn’t even new. He earned his new title, Executive Creative Director, last summer. Yet, the company didn’t officially announce the title change, leaving it to be discovered during a recent update of the Star Wars website. Only, the resulting outpouring of congratulations on social media, did lead to a piece of news that might itself be misinterpreted.
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Sadly, the specter of Gina Carano still looms large over the uncertainty around Ranges of the New Republic and its status in development and production. Earlier this year, after saying some very out-of-pocket things on social media, Lucasfilm publicly ended their association with the former UFC star. (Though her contract with Lucasfilm actually ended earlier than that.) It was widely speculated that Rangers of the New Republic was a vehicle for her character Cara Dune, and it’s not in production currently because of the publicity fracas.
As Variety.com reports:
“In December, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy announced that Filoni and Favreau are executive producing several Mandalorian spinoffs for Disney Plus, including The Book of Boba Fett, which is currently shooting and premiering in December, and Ahsoka, starring Rosario Dawson, and based on the character Filoni created in The Clone Wars. (A third announced spinoff, Rangers of the New Republic, is not currently in active development.)”
It seems quite possible that Ranges of the New Republic would have featured Dune heavily. So, it is possible that this project was put on the shelf in light of the change in her status. Yet, since her contract ended before the project was announced, that’s probably not what is going on. Firstly, The Book of Boba Fett was not included in the Investor’s Day program, but it was always the first they intended to air.
Simply put, Rangers of the New Republic is not in production because they have other things to work on first. Fans are speculating that this series could bring Hera Syndulla, another Filoni original character in animation, to live-action for the first time. If they had to react to Cara Dune’s absence, one would expect them to currently be working on retooling what they have. Yet, with Ahsoka and Obi-Wan Kenobi set to debut before Rangers of the New Republic, they might just not have gotten around to it yet. In fact, it could be a series that might continue the stories of characters in Patty Jenkins’ upcoming Rogue Squadron rather than focusing on characters we know already.
The Book of Boba Fett is currently in production and will debut in December on Disney+.
What do you think? Do you think Ranges of the New Republic is dead-on-arrival or do you think it’s all a big overreaction? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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