Rogue One Alternate Cut

There is extensive preparation for any blockbuster movie. When you have a multi-million dollar project that will be employing thousands of people for months, you have to know what you’re doing. That’s why there’s a whole period of time called pre-production when filmmakers figure out what the movie is going to be and what they’re going to shoot on set. And when it comes to the preparation for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, there was a rather unique approach to figuring out that out.

Editor Colin Goudie reveals that before the screenplay was even completed, director Gareth Edwards had him use a scene-by-scene story breakdown to create a cut of Rogue One that was composed of scenes from hundreds of other movies. How did this help them in the process of planning the movie? Find out more about this Rogue One alternate cut below. Read More »

Rogue One Opening Crawl

Aside from being the first live-action feature film set in the Star Wars universe that wasn’t a milestone episode of the sci-fi saga, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story strayed from the tradition of the franchise in another big way. While the film still opened with the text, “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away,” it didn’t feature the signature Star Wars fanfare accompanied by an opening crawl to set the stage. However, the original draft of the script by Gary Whitta (who has a story credit on the movie) actually has an opening crawl.

Find out what happened with the Rogue One opening crawl after the jump. Read More »

star wars 4k restoration

There is one reason and one reason only for why I have not bought Star Wars on Blu-ray: I simply have no interest in watching the special editions, with the new visual effects that were added in the late ’90s. I understand why they exist. I understand that some fans prefer them. I understand that everyone already has an opinion on this matter and that my saying this will inspire as many irritated sighs as it does agreeable nods.

So when I hear the news that Lucasfilm has created a new 4K restoration of the original 1977 Star Wars, I have to pause before celebrating. Which version of the film are we talking about here?

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Rogue One Opening Crawl

One of the biggest questions throughout the development of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was how the opening of the movie would be handled. Every Star Wars movie has began with an opening crawl and the signature Star Wars them to help set the stage. But Rogue One isn’t exactly like other Star Wars movie in that it’s not a regular episode in the saga, but rather the first spin-off in the A Star Wars Story line of movies. That’s why the movie ended up not having an opening crawl.

However, some fans have found the lack of an opening crawl a bit of a disappointment while others who are not hardcore fans maybe could have used an opening crawl to help set the stage and clarify where in the Star Wars timeline the story takes place. One fan decided to take matters into his own hands by creating an opening crawl to begin the movie in the tradition of Star Wars. Read More »

Rogue One connected to Star Wars Rebels

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is filled with easter eggs and references to previous pieces of the Star Wars saga. What follows is a complete Rogue One easter eggs compilation I have seen on the internet. It includes cameos, references, characters, locations, tributes to other films and previous Star Wars history and much much more. In all, there are over 40 Rogue One easter eggs.

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Rogue One scripts

Disney has released a bunch of books in connection with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story which give us some insight into John Knoll‘s original pitch for the movie and Gary Whitta‘s original screenplay, as well as how the story evolved under Chris Weitz. I’m always very interested in the evolution of the creative process on this scale, and learning what might have been.

We’ve already delved into the missing trailer footage to try to deconstruct what may have been reshot, now join me as we look at the original ideas for Rogue One, from pitch to shoot:

  • Discover the original title for Rogue One.
  • Find out which character was originally written to be a Jedi.
  • Learn which character was originally created for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Hit the jump to find out what I learned.

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Rogue One A Star Wars Story - Scarif battle

In very broad strokes, we’ve always known how Rogue One: A Star Wars Story would end. It’s right there in the opening crawl of the original Star Wars, which reveals the Rebels successfully stole the Death Star plans. But everything else about the finale was left up to the filmmakers and the Lucasfilm team to figure out. And as director Gareth Edwards revealed in a recent interview, Rogue One almost had a very, very different ending.

I don’t have to warn you that MAJOR SPOILERS lie ahead, do I? Consider yourself warned.  Read More »

International Rogue One Trailer

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story did that Star Wars thing over the weekend. You know, that thing Star Wars has always done: make a crap-ton of money. And while the reaction to the movie seems to have been generally positive amongst fans and critics, one element of the film has already dredged up its fair share of controversy: the digital recreation of actors from the original trilogy.

But that is a conversation for another day. Literally. Someone on the /Film staff is already writing an article about it. Today, we’re going to talk about the other resurrection in Rogue One, the one that most people didn’t even notice. Several minor characters from the original 1977 Star Wars return via footage that was shot but never used for the first movie, only to be edited into the first standalone film nearly 40 years later.

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rogue one gareth edwards interview

The time has come for another Star Wars movie to hit theaters this weekend. It’s not quite as big of a deal as it was last year when Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrived, mostly since that was a movie that fans had wanted to see for 32 years. Meanwhile, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has been dubbed an experiment to see how fans like a spin-off story that lies outside of the primary Star Wars saga episodes.

However, in the case of Rogue One, we’re dealing with a spin-off that has direct ties to the events of Star Wars: A New Hope. It’s a little bit of that familiar territory with a bunch of new elements, not unlike what J.J. Abrams did with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

So how did Rogue One turn out after all of the troubling chatter about reshoots and whatnot? Well, our own Peter Sciretta already offered his spoiler-free thoughts on the movie, which you can read whether you’ve seen the movie or not, and David Chen also put forth his own video review. After the jump, I offer up some more thoughts on the movie, but beware of major spoilers from here on out. Read More »

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Gareth Edwards Talks Rogue One Reshoots

With just one week until Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters, we’ll finally get to see if all the fuss about reshoots on the first Star Wars spin-off paid off. Rumors circulated that a bunch of reshoots needed to be done in order to fix the movie, though damage control indicated that it wasn’t as big of a deal as early reports suggested.

In the end, if the movie ends up working, the reshoots won’t really matter, but director Gareth Edwards was recently asked about the extra shooting that needed to be done, and he explained exactly why they had to do so much extra work.

Find out what Gareth Edwards had to say about the Rogue One reshoots after the jump. Read More »