Rogue One: A Star Wars Story may have been released in December 2016, it is still talked about. We already knew that the film had been the subject of a reshooting to modify the end, and that a drop-down credits was planned at the beginning. But obviously, the screenwriters of the film, Gary Whitta and Chris Weitz, still kept some little anecdotes in their basket.
Guests on the show IGN Watch From Home Theater, the duo reveals that they had considered other titles for the film at some point (via Comicbook): “Rogue One was ultimately a good choice, but one of them was Dark times and Shadow of The Death Star“. Gary Whitta explains: “one thing that occurred to me, I saw all the previous films, – and that remains true even if the new trilogy is now finished – is that the titles of the films of the Star Wars saga never make more than three or four words. So it occurred to me that one of the ways to differentiate this film from the rest was to have a title that was only one or two words. like Star Wars: Rebellion, Star Wars: Rogue One, let’s make a title that is shorter, even if it is something that does not comply with the unwritten rules of the films in the saga. “
Another important change concerns two main roles, Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor, played by Felicity Jones and Diego Luna. At one point in the writing process, Whitta reveals that “Jyn was already a rebel soldier. We played with various other possibilities – that she was a deserter, that she was a scavenger / pillager like Rey, but obviously you can’t go on that once you have learned what is brewing on the Star Wars universe “. In other words, no question that the two characters have more or less the same background.
As for Cassian Andor, “He had to be compromised, very compromised. In Gary’s script and mine, he was actually a double agent. In a very very early version of the script, he was a rebel soldier secretly working for Krennic (NDR: the villain of the film). Changing his mind, he ends up on the rebel side, but only after being confused as a spy. At one point, in the third act, he had to regain Jyn’s confidence. “
What do you think of these changes and ideas that have finally been sidelined?