Rogue One: A Star Wars underwent various incarnations and changes during script development, filming, editing, post-production, and reshoots. One of the film’s screenwriters Chris Weitz has dished to the CultPopture podcast (via TheHollywoodReporter) some of the stuff that was originally in the Gary Whitta version of the script, including a happier ending that didn’t involve all of our heroes dying but instead had a wedding of all things.

“The version prior to [my involvement] didn’t have everyone die. As a matter of fact, it ended with a wedding,” Weitz said. “I think it was on the presumption that Disney wouldn’t allow characters to die with such abandon.” 

The death of the heroes seemingly had a lot more to do with why they were never seen or talked about the original trilogy.

“I felt it was necessary because nobody ever mentions them or sees them again. But also because we’ve done this whole sort of theme about sacrifice that it was appropriate that all of our main characters die.”

“If you imagine the beginning of the second act and the end of the second act kind of swapping places, that would not be an inaccurate way to portray how it structurally was changed,” he explained. “A lot of the deaths were put in different locations than they were originally put in the script and were originally shot. I’m not sure why, for instance, K-2 died in a different place.”

It also doesn’t look like the Darth Vader action sequence came from Weitz.

“The Darth Vader kicking ass I cannot take credit for,” Weitz said, “That was a later invention”.

You can hear the full podcast below.

Lucasfilm will be continuing the Roge One mythology with their upcoming Disney+ series featuring a younger Cassian Andor, played by Diego Luna. It’s expected to begin filming in October.

It’ll be interesting what the future holds for the Star Wars film franchise as the Skywalker Saga is said to be ending with the yet-to-be-titled Star Wars: Episode IX. Rian Johnson is still working on his original trilogy along with Game of Thrones showrunners (recent unverified rumblings suggest it may take place during the Old Republic).

We’re likely to get a title and trailer debut for Episode IX in April during the film’s Star Wars Celebration panel that will be taking place at Chicago this year. The film is set to be released on December 20th, 2019 and the first live-action Star Wars series The Mandalorian will be able to stream on Disney+ this fall.


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