Oli Davis steps in to write The Week in Star Wars, because Luke Owen is busy being on holiday. IT’S NOT LIKE THIS IS THE BUSIEST TIME OF 2016 FOR STAR WARS NEWS OR ANYTHING.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is barely a fortnight away from release, and keeping one’s excitement at manageable levels is becoming increasingly difficult. Sneaking to the toilet for a quick fix of the film’s second trailer, changing your computer desktop wallpaper to one of the many newly released images…occasionally a YELP of excitement will escape your lips…
But there is another way to manage your expectations – read up on the film’s production history.
Earlier this year, out came reports that Disney executives had been alarmed by the film’s sombre tone upon watching an early cut. Reshoots were ordered (which some sites reported as accounting for half the film) and the production process was stretched out so much, the movie’s original composer Alexandre Desplat had to be replaced by Michael Giacchino.
The extent of the reshoots has now come out through The Hollywood Reporter. Apparently they tackle “several issues in the film, including the ending” and Tony Gilroy – the man originally brought on for a dialogue tweak here and there – has now made $5 million from overseeing the edit.
‘How hard is it to end Rogue One?’ you might be thinking. ‘They get the Death Star plans – [sorry, should’ve probably written ‘spoiler warning’ there] – and then you go into New Hope!’ That’s precisely what LucasFilm President Kathleen Kennedy and the film’s director pointed out when asked about a sequel to the movie (Rogue Two?). If there were, explained Edwards, it would “be directed by George Lucas”.
Nobody tell Alan Tudyk that, though. He’s hopeful his Imperial-turned-Rebel droid K-2SO will appear in future instalments.
Luke and I spoke about whether the notion of Star Wars sequels – for both the Anthology movies and Skywalker Soap Opera – in the most recent Flickering Myth Podcast.
Because waiting around for a film’s full theatrical release is for chumps, Disney released no less than FIVE clips and TV spots from the movie this week. You can watch Jyn and Cassian battle Stormtroopers, Chirrut Imwe doing some staff skills, K-2SO cracking wise, Bail Organa looking mildly interested and just a good ol’fashioned promo.
You want featurettes focusing on the actors behind the roles instead? No fear, they’ve got that too – with a profile piece on Diego Luna.
In video games, it’s all go for Star Wars: Battlefront, as not only was a trailer for the Rogue One: Scarif DLC released, but EA Games has announced they will be focusing on that title over a Battlefield sequel. And the only comic book preview was for Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1.
But because it’s nearly Christmas time, here’s a few things to spend considerable-to-frankly-ridiculous amounts of money on – Hot Toys’ Chirrut Imwe collectible figure from Rogue One, and three Original Trilogy LEGO Star Wars sets for Winter 2017.
That’s all for this week – may the Force be with you.