Category: Star Wars

Rogue One alternate ending revealed

Entertainment Weekly had the chance to interview Gary Whitta, who wrote the first draft for Rogue One, about what was altered in the film.

A different ending – how the Rebel heroes survived…

Once there was a way to get back home — at least for Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story filmmakers have said they always intended to kill off the entire Rebel team during their heist of the Death Star plans on the tropical world of Scarif. But in the very earliest script – before getting the go-ahead for that sacrificial ending – they came up with an escape plan.

“The original instinct was that they should all die,” screenwriter Gary Whitta tells EW. “It’s worth it. 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. That’s what we always wanted to do. But we never explored it because we were afraid that Disney might not let us do it, that Disney might think it’s too dark for a Star Wars movie or for their brand.”

So in the original treatment by John Knoll, and in the first script by Whitta, a few of the key heroes survived the final battle. But the creative team still wanted their noble sacrifice.

“You have the darkness that’s in the undercurrent of the story at that point, but you still have the rightness of why they’re doing it,” says director Gareth Edwards. “It doesn’t feel depressing. It feels like you want them to succeed at any cost. It’s a sport where the clock is ticking, and they need to just dive across the finish line. You do whatever you need to do to get there. It’s a gauntlet that they’re handing to Princess Leia. You get that moment where the crowd feels like it can cheer at the end.”

Gary Whitta said despite very casualties on both sides, Jyn and Cassian did survived in the early script.

So that argument had to be made to the Lucasfilm brass: the heroes would succeed in stealing the plans, but they should pay the ultimate cost for that victory.

“We were still scratching the itch that they all needed to die. Chris Weitz [who wrote another draft] thought we were right,” Whitta says. “They finally went off and fought for it. We told them, we feel they all need to die, and [Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy] and everyone else said to go for it. We got the ending that we wanted.”

In that early “happy ending” version, there was no Bodhi Rook, Chirrut Imwe, or Baze Malbus. Jyn was an enlisted Rebel soldier instead of a street criminal recruited on a spy mission.

In that early “happy ending” version, there was no Bodhi Rook, Chirrut Imwe, or Baze Malbus.

“In fact, some of the toys that are sold still say Sgt. Jyn Erso,” Whitta says. “That’s who she was, she was a sergeant in the Rebel Alliance. By the time we changed that, some of the toys were already in production. I have a Sgt. Jyn Erso on my desk, even though she’s not a sergeant in the film.”

She still commanded a strike force with a Cassian Andor-type character (“He was called something different back then,” Whitta notes) and the security droid K-2SO was always a part of the team.

The reprogrammed Imperial security droid K-2SO was always a part of the team.

So did everyone live to fight the Empire another day?

“I didn’t say everyone made it off. Kaytoo always died,” Whitta said. “Jyn did survive. ‘Cassian’ also survived. There were a lot of casualties on both sides, in both versions of the scripts.”

It never got anywhere near being shot, but here’s how the survivor ending to Rogue One would have went down:

The Death Star emerges from hyperspace to lay waste to Scarif and protect the Empire’s secrets by destroying the special weapons facility along with the Rebel incursion.

But this time there was no last-second broadcast of the plans from a satellite tower. Jyn and Cassian were to escape the surface of the beach world carrying the data tapes.

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In the early version of the script, Jyn and Cassian escape from Scarif, what explains why they were seen in the Rogue One trailer running across the beach with the Death Star plans.

“A rebel ship came down and got them off the surface,” Whitta says. “The transfer of the plans happened later. They jumped away and later [Leia’s] ship came in from Alderaan to help them. The ship-to-ship data transfer happened off Scarif.”

Darth Vader was still in pursuit and began attacking Jyn’s shuttle as the Rebels tried desperately to transfer the information from the data tapes to Leia’s vessel. Finally, Vader was successful in breaching their shields and destroying the craft.

Darth Vader watches the Tantive IV running away with the Death Star plans just some minutes before he starts to pursuit the Princess Leia ship as we seen in A New Hope.

The audience would have been left fearing the heroes were dead. But as Vader’s Star Destroyer ventures off to chase Leia’s Tantive IV, we would have remained focused on the shuttle fragments floating in the vastness of space.

“They got away in an escape pod just in time,” Whitta said. “The pod looked like just another piece of debris.”

This echoes a similar trick from The Empire Strikes Back, when Han Solo allows the Millennium Falcon to drift away from a Star Destroy disguised in a plume of garbage – unaware that also camouflaged in that detritus was Boba Fett’s Slave I.

Don’t like that ending? Neither did the creators. That’s why they begged to change it.

About Jyn and Cassian, Gary Whitta said that “we decided they should die on the surface [of Scarif,] and that was the way it ended.

“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 difficult,” Whitta says. “We decided they should die on the surface [of Scarif,] and that was the way it ended. We were constantly trying to make all the pieces fit together. We tried every single idea. Eventually, through endless development you get through an evolutionary process where the best version rises to the top.”

Source text: EW. Source for animated gifs: Tumblr.

Rogue One director explains how Darth Vader’s Big Scene evolved

Source: ScreenRant. Animated gifs: Tumblr & Tumblr.

One of the many reasons fans were excited to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story last year was the return of Darth Vader. The franchise’s most iconic villain had a small, but significant, role in the spinoff, including what many viewers consider to be one of the best action sequences in the entire series. During the movie’s closing moments, Vader boards a Rebellion ship and completely annihilates all the soldiers in his path in a last-ditch effort to retrieve the stolen Death Star plans (watch the full scene here). If this is to be the Sith Lord’s final time on the big screen, it was one terrific way to bow out.

Shortly after Rogue One‘s release, it was revealed that the big Vader moment was actually part of the extensive reshoots that took place last summer. It seems crazy to think about the film without this key scene, but it originally was not part of the plan. Now, director Gareth Edwards has explained how the sequence evolved into what viewers saw in the final product.

In an interview with Fandango, Edwards revealed that the initial idea was far less awe-inspiring than seeing Vader cut through hapless Alliance troops, crediting editor Jabez Olssen with coming up with the concept:

“He arrives and obliterates the Calamari ship, and then the blockade runner gets out just in time and he pursues the blockade runner. And then Jabez was like, ‘I think we need to get Darth on that ship,’ and I thought, yeah, that’s a brilliant idea and would love to do it, but there’s no way they’re going to let us do it. It’s a big number and we had, what, like three or four months before release. Kathy [Kennedy] came in and Jabez thought, f**k it, and pitched her this idea, and she loved it. Suddenly within a week or two, we were at Pinewood shooting that scene.”

Several will undoubtedly be happy that this section was heavily altered during Rogue One‘s development, as it would have been highly disappointing if Vader did not get involved in the action at all. From the beginning, it was expected he wouldn’t be a main character in the proceedings, but if all that was shown was his interaction with Director Krennic and his late arrival to the space battle over Scarif, many would have wondered why Edwards bothered to bring Vader back. Witnessing a display of Vader’s Force powers via something shot like a horror film was a great treat for the fans and redeemed the villain following his infamous “No!” moment in Revenge of the Sith.

It is funny to consider that this was added in so late, but it goes to show that filmmaking is a very fluid process where inspiration can strike at any moment.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits Blu-ray April 4, 2017.

Rogue One Blu-ray copy leaked online

star-wars-rogue-one-blu-ray-cover-artThe release date for the Digital download still is 24th March and April 4th to buy the Blu-ray edition in stores, but as happened to The Force Awakens last year, a Blu-ray copy of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story leaked a few days before the official release dates. Since yesterday, many copies of Rogue One are already available online for download on Internet.

Leaked Blu-ray copies of major movies before the official release dates are nothing new. It could not be different with Rogue One, the first standalone film based on the Star Wars saga that was the highest grossing of last year. The available copies are in several formats as AVI, MKV and MP4, and sizes as 720p, 1080p and 1920p, it seems to have been ripped  directly from the movie’s Blu-ray and have excellent quality.

The rarbg.to site (that is responsible for launching dozens of movies and episodes of TV shows daily, plus everything else you can imagine), since yesterday has already made available several versions of Rogue One to download by Torrent, the most popular P2P sharing from Internet. If you can’t wait until next week to buy your official Rogue One copy, check out now the rarbg page for more download details.

And the people of Tumblr, the most popular Internet fandom site, with thousands of blogs dedicated entirely to Star Wars, of course they have already begun work on turning into gif sets their favorite Rogue One characters and scenes:

May the Force be with you.

Source for all animated gifs: Tumblr.

Why Rogue One deleted scenes aren’t on Blu-ray

Source: Fandango and ScreenRant. Recommended reading: Rogue One 15 moments from the trailers that aren’t in the movie.

Much has been said about the moments from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story we’ve seen, just not in the actual movie. It’s no secret there were a lot of decisions made on this film late in the game, and because of it, there were images and footage that made it into marketing materials but never into the version that arrived in theaters.

For example, what was happening in the scene where a giant TIE fighter rises to confront Jyn Erso mere feet from where she’s standing? And what about the alternate version of that big final battle on Scarif, where Jyn and some of the other rebels actually have the Death Star plans in hand as they’re racing across the beach?

Well, Mos Eisley Chronicles selected five great scenes seen in the Rogue One trailers that were left out of the final cut:

1. “The power that we are dealing with here is immeasurable.” – Director Krennic confronts Darth Vader in a scene inside the Death Star:

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2. “The captain says you are a friend. I will not kill you.” – K-2S0 talks to Jyn:

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3. “This is a rebellion, isn’t? I rebel.” – Jyn talks to the Resistance members:

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4. Cassian and Jyn running across the Scarif beach with the Death Star plans in her hands:

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5. A Tie Fighter rises to confront Jyn only a few feet from where she’s standing:

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When Fandango sat down with director Gareth Edwards to discuss Rogue One, which arrives on digital platforms like FandangoNOW on March 24 before its Blu-ray release on April 4, they asked whether we’ll ever see that alternate footage, as well as why he decided not to put any deleted scenes on the upcoming Blu-ray.

“There’s not an individual scene that you can drag and drop and put on a Blu-ray,” he said. “There are little things that would come and go during the process of postproduction, but they’re not scenes. They’re more moments within the scenes or a single shot. So it’s impossible to be able to do that, and that’s why the decision was made.”

As for the moments like the aforementioned TIE fighter shot, Edwards explained why we won’t see how that fit into the overall story. “The stuff people talk about, like what they saw in the trailer, they’re not scenes you can just put on a DVD. They’re moments within scenes and threads, and you pull a thread and it all changes. It was changing the whole time. It’s not like there was one version and then there was this other version — it was like this thing that incrementally evolved constantly through all of postproduction and didn’t stop until there was a gun at our heads and we were forced to release the movie.”

When it comes to the TIE-fighter shot, Edwards is remaining quiet about it for now. “Yeah, it’s going to have to remain a myth because it’s sort of the thing where you’re trying ideas out to find the right version of the movie, and at the same time marketing is getting excited about certain shots and moments. Eventually, you’ll see something presented to you and you’ll be like, wait a minute, this shot is no longer in the film.”

Edwards added that we’ll never see an alternate version of that Scarif battle for a pretty simple reason: “The visual effects were never finished on it,” he said. “It’s not like there’s something sitting somewhere. I feel like making a film is like a sport where someone blows a whistle and that’s it — the score is what it is. And the goal is to win. If I could go back and do the film knowing what I know now, the final film would be completely different. I’d probably be willing to make Star Wars for the next 10 years and never let go of it — constantly trying to finesse and find new ideas. But at some point, it stops, and it is the movie. The film that got released, I feel like that is the film, and everything else is just the process of making it.”

Watch the Rogue One Blu-ray release trailer, this time with scenes that ARE in the movie.

Rogue One comes out on Blu-ray April 4, 2017.

Boba Fett Escapes the Sarlacc Pit by Kyle Petchock

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During the Battle of the Great Pit of Carkoon, Boba Fett fought against the group of Rebel rescuers. He was inadvertently knocked into the mouth of the Sarlacc by Han Solo. Though no one in recorded history had ever escaped from the Sarlacc, Fett was able to escape, though not unscathed. Thanks to his iron will and Mandalorian armor, he was able to fight his way out of the beast’s belly. Back in action, he resumed his work as a bounty hunter. Source: Star Wars Wikia.