gareth edwards SXSW keynote

While the bulk of the Gareth Edwards-related headlines to come out of SXSW have to do with the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Blu-ray and DVD release, the filmmaker was actually in Austin, Texas for a reason beyond talking about Star Wars with journalists and bloggers. He was actually there to talk about Star Wars in front of an enormous crowd as one of the fest’s keynote speakers.

Now, his entire keynote has been put online by SXSW, so non-attendees can watch the whole thing.

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Rogue One ending

With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hitting home video in just a few weeks and director Gareth Edwards in attendance at SXSW for a different engagement, we were able to meet up for a spoiler-filled chat about the film’s third act. You may have already read our conversation about why the ending of the film was changed, but we also spoke about the Rogue One ending and that final battle’s giant body count…and how he thought he’d never get away with it.

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original rogue one ending

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story director Gareth Edwards is a SXSW regular at this point. His first film, Monsters, premiered at the fest years ago. The first footage from his Godzilla screened there alongside a repertory screening of the 1954 original. And now, he’s back in Austin, Texas to deliver a keynote speech…and to answer questions about the upcoming home video release of the first Star Wars spin0ff.

I had a few precious minutes to speak with Edwards, and our spoiler-filled chat did include why the original ending of the film didn’t quite work, necessitating those reshoots everyone couldn’t stop talking about last year.

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Rogue One Trailer Shot - Jyn Erso Tunnel

We’ve covered quite extensively the many changes that were made to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story after reshoots took place last summer. We’ve chronicled the many shots that were featured in marketing that didn’t end up in the movie, and we’ve even heard from the editors about which sequences in the final cut came about as a result of reshoots. Now we have word straight from director Gareth Edwards as to why one of the more prominent shots from the first Rogue One trailer (Jyn Erso in an Imperial tunnel, seen above) didn’t make it into the movie at all. And you might be surprised to learn as to why it even existed to begin with.

Find out why the Rogue One trailer shot above didn’t make it into the movie. Read More »

gareth edwards on the set of rogue one

Last month on the Empire Podcast, director Gareth Edwards teased that he had a brief cameo in one of the final scenes of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. It has taken fans a couple of weeks to find it, but now the Gareth Edwards Rogue One cameo has been fully revealed. Also, while we’re talking about the filmmaker, Edwards has released a list of his top 10 films of all time. Hit the jump to learn about both.

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Rogue One Deleted Scene Images

In the 18 days that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was in theaters in 2016, the movie rounded up enough box office dollars to be the second highest grossing movie of the year. That’s most impressive, even if it’s not entirely unexpected from a Star Wars movie, and with more money pouring in everyday, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that we’re still learning new things about the movie whose production has been under a microscope ever since extensive reshoots were done last summer.

Following recent details on which scenes were reshoots, and how a unique pre-production process created a cut of Rogue One composed of footage from other movies, a whole slew of new photos from the set have been revealed, showing off more of the deleted scenes that fans like us are so desperate to know about. There’s one shot in particular that makes me wonder just what the scene in question would have entailed.

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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 »