Rogue One: A Star Wars Story may be behind us now, but its post-production stories will live on. Months before its release, the first Star Wars spinoff went through numerous reshoots and rewrites, many of which led to speculation that the film had major issues. While it did go on to be a box office hit for a non-Skywalker saga film, many of the creative forces behind it have spoken out about screenwriters like Tony Gilroyhelping to save it and which scenes had to be re-shot.
Now original screenwriter Chris Weitz is talking about what changed and what was kept a mystery. Check out what he had to say below, but fair warning to anyone who has not yet seen Rogue One, there will be some spoilers ahead.
Disney will be entering the streaming service competition by launching Disney+ later this year. While we can expect to see all sorts of content under the studio’s umbrella, which consists of Disney, Lucasfilm, Marvel Studios, and Pixar, it wasn’t clear how much money was being put into it.
Now new reports say that the studio is spending somewhere north of $500 million on original television shows like The Mandalorian and films like Lady and the Tramp. More on this below.
Disney’s all new streaming platform hasn’t even launched yet and it is still making huge announcements. The service, which was tentatively titled Disney Play but will now go by Disney+, was formally announced by Disney CEO Bob Iger during a live audio webcast of Disney’s fiscal full year and fourth quarter 2018 financial results.
During the event he confirmed a second Star Wars series that will follow Cassian Andor, Diego Luna‘s character in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and a Loki series starring Tom Hiddleston. More on the report, below.
It’s the Summer of 2016, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is undergoing reshoots. Reshoots are just a normal part of the filmmaking process and take place in order to polish some scenes. Additional reshoots may also be done in order to add new scenes. But when it happened for director Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One, there were quite a few concerns. First came the reports that Disney execs were not pleased with the tone of the film. Then Tony Gilroycame in to help fix some of the issues with the script. And the lengthy reshoots were due in part to the actors’ different schedules.
While Rogue One went to become a huge hit both critically and commercially, the drama of the rewrites and reshoots will always be attached to it. And now we are getting some insight about how problematic the script was before Gilroy came in to fix it. The Oscar-nominated screenwriter recently spoke about it in an interview. According to him, “they were in terrible trouble.” More on the story below.
Today is a great day across the galaxy. Every year, May the 4th provides Star Wars fans with a chance to spread their love, and in recent years it’s gotten easier with Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015 and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story last December.
Fandango is using its “force” as the world’s biggest supplier of movie tickets to spread the Star Wars fandom through their streaming service FandangoNOW. FandangoNOW began in early 2016 after the company acquired the streaming site M-GO, and allows movie fans to watch over 50,000 films and TV shows on a pay-as-you-go basis without a subscription.