Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

A Rogue One Writer Reveals How the Film Originally Ended

A Rogue One Writer Reveals How the Film Originally Ended

Rogue One screenwriter Gary Whitta recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the evolution of the story for the first non-Skywalker Star Wars film.

Some of these changes are fairly obvious, like the early looks at the film which revealed the Rebel heroes running down a blasted beach with a harddrive-looking device in hand, or a TIE Fighter cutting off Jyn's presumed escape at the end of a gangplank; neither of these shots were in the film. The exclusive below video on Rogue One easter eggs discusses that and other cool Star Wars connections such as the droid that was a practical puppet designed by the folks who created BB-8, a turbo tank last seen in Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, and the first appearance of a TIE Reaper, a new twist on the iconic Imperial TIE Fighter.

"They got away in an escape pod just in time", Whitta said. They jumped away and later [Leia's] ship came in from Alderaan to help them. It doesn't have any spirituality or mysticism... a little bit through Donnie Yen's character, but it's very different DNA to the Star Wars films that have come before it. "Kaytoo always died. Jyn did survive".

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But what if it was all just one movie? It just didn't seem to matter.

Thankfully they went for the more depressing ending instead.

In fact, Whitta said the minds behind the story all wanted to kill everyone off because, "If you're going to give your life for anything, give your life for this, to destroy a weapon that going to kill you all anyway".

We're two films into the Disney Star Wars canon, and while both Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story have went down well with the majority of fans and critics - and earned a fortune at the box office - there has been some criticism that the movies are relying too heavily on nostalgia.

The creative team struggled to make the Rebels' survival into a satisfying outcome for the film.

"The fact that we had to jump through so many hoops to keep them alive was the writing gods telling us that if they were meant to live it wouldn't be this hard", Whitta told EW.

Someday, we may see the footage from this alternate cut. Additionally, Rogue One originally made Jyn a sergeant in the rebellion as opposed to a felon on the run. "Diego said, 'Alan, it's awesome how little respect you have on set right now'". Let us know your thoughts in the comments below...

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