When Oscar-winning screenwriter Tony Gilroy joined the production of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story late into Rogue One reshoots, a few eyebrows were raised. Rumors were already swirling that Disney was unhappy with the first cut of the standalone Star Wars film, and that as much as 40% of the film needed to be completely redone. And reports of Gilroy’s big paycheck didn’t help alleviate fears that Rogue One was going to be a total bust.
Rogue One ended up being a big box office and critical success. But it was suggested that much of that success was because of Gilroy’s last-minute efforts to salvage the film. We weren’t sure exactly how much of a role Gilroy played in the Rogue One reshoots — until now.
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Back in 2010, director Gareth Edwards arrived on the scene with his indie sci-fi film Monsters. The film featured impressive visual effects completed by the director himself and an economical story that made great use of an intriguing concept without breaking the bank. It even landed Edwards a BAFTA nomination for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer, and it’s largely considered to be the reason he ended up directing the reboot of Godzilla in 2016.
Monsters has already been given a sequel called Monsters: Dark Continent, but it wasn’t nearly as celebrated as the original, mainly because it didn’t come from director Gareth Edwards and merely took place in the same universe. Now the world of Monsters will expand even more with a TV series in the works. Read More »
It’s been almost a year since Star Wars: Rogue One came out, yet rumors surrounding the film still abound. After a production filled with heavy reshoots, and discussions about drastically different endings, Rogue One became a big blockbuster hit, albeit one that could’ve stood a much better script. Now comes word that the Jedi character Rahm Kota from the Force Unleashed video games might have made an appearance in an earlier draft. Here’s what we know about the Rahm Kota Rogue One rumor.
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On Tuesday night, a shockwave was felt throughout the Star Wars galaxy. Phil Lord and Chris Miller were abruptly fired from the Han Solo standalone movie. While the full story is unclear (and will probably be speculated and debated upon for years), we have some inside word on what happened behind the scenes. Why did Lucasfilm fire Han Solo directors Lord and Miller? And who might replace them to direct the rest of the film and the reshoots? Below, you can read the rumored story of how the clash happened behind-the-scenes of this Star Wars anthology movie
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In this edition of Star Wars Bits:
- Mads Mikkelsen talks about Galen Erso’s fate.
- Learn more about Saw Gerrera’s origins.
- Screenwriter Gary Whitta reveals the cameo he didn’t like.
- How J.J. Abrams was responsible for Admiral Ackbar not making the cut.
- Director Gareth Edwards says there are “loads” of easter eggs yet to be discovered
- And more!
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Kyber crystals are an important part of Star Wars lore. The Force-attuned crystals are fundamental in the creation of lightsabers, and they were also a major component in the creation of the Death Star’s destructive superlaser, as seen in last year’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. We found out in that film that the Empire had scoured the galaxy for any kyber crystals they could find in order to fuel the Death Star’s supply, eventually taking over Jedha City’s kyber crystal mines that were once guarded by the Jedi.
But now director Gareth Edwards has revealed some fascinating new information about why Jedha was so rich with kyber crystals: a kyber-heavy asteroid crashed there. But where did that asteroid originate? Read More »
With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story available for digital download, we have been learning a lot more about John Knoll‘s original pitch for the film, Gary Whitta‘s original screenplay, and the pre-reshoots cut of Gareth Edwards‘ movie. The latest bit of trivia gives us some insight on who Riz Ahmed‘s character, Imperial pilot Bodhi Rook, was in the original plans for the movie.
Let’s run down the details about Riz Ahmed’s original Rogue One character and how/why the story evolved to what we saw on the big screen.
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Star Wars fans love legends. They love the expansive, complex, and seemingly infinite universe that George Lucas built 40 years ago. But they also love the mythology surrounding the moves themselves, the stories of the creative decisions behind iconic moments and the tales of how certain characters came to be. So is it any wonder that we’re obsessed with the original endings of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story? Is anyone surprised that we’ve noticed all of the trailer shots seen in the movie and wondered what happened to them? It’s only natural.
Thanks to original screenwriter Gary Whitta, we now know a little bit more about the film’s original ending. No, not the ending glimpsed in the previews. The original ending. The one they never even shot. And now, we can take a closer look at all three Rogue One endings that existed at one time or another.
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Like a certain black-vested smuggler, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story may have shot first, but that doesn’t mean it will set the standard for the many Star Wars anthology films that will follow it. In fact, Rogue One director Gareth Edwards says the much-anticipated Han Solo prequel will take chances he never could.
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One of the biggest departures from Star Wars tradition that was taken by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was the lack of an opening crawl to set the stage for the movie to come. However, even though we didn’t see one in the final movie, we did find out that there was once an opening crawl that was part of the original draft of the script.
The existence of a Rogue One opening crawl was further confirmed just a few days ago when director Gareth Edwards confirmed in a Reddit AMA that Gary Whitta wrote one in the first draft of the script. But he said that we would have to bug him to find out what it entailed. Thankfully, someone was able to follow up with the writer, and now we have some clarification on the matter.
UPDATE: Apparently writer Gary Whitta’s memory isn’t what it used to be. It turns out the Rogue One opening crawl did exist in the first draft of the script, but was removed when he did revisions. He reached out to us on Twitter to clarify his previous comments. In addition, we got some brief details about what that opening crawl entailed. Our original story follows, and you can find the update with details on the opening crawl after the jump. Read More »