‘Mission: Impossible’ Director Performed a Script Rewrite For ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’

By October 19, 2015

There has been a lot of talk surrounding Star Wars: Rogue One already, especially considering we’re still only a few short months away from the theatrical release of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. The latter of which will be the first film in the newest Star Wars trilogy, while 2016’s Rogue One is set to be the first film in a number of planned spin-off anthology movies, that will tell separate, self-contained stories in the Star Wars universe.

While any of the other anthology films can take place at different points throughout the Star Wars timeline, Rogue One will tell the official story of how the Rebel Alliance managed to steal the Death Star plans from the Empire before the beginning of A New Hope. Screenwriter Gary Whitta was originally brought on to pen the script for the film, before a revision was assigned to fellow writer Chris Weitz, and it looks like another, even more well-known voice in the entertainment industry may have gotten his hands on the story as well.

Latino-Review is reporting that Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation writer/director Christopher  McQuarrie was brought on recently to perform a last-minute script rewrite on Rogue One. While its unclear when McQuarrie actually performed the official rewrite for the film, considering he’s had a fairly busy year already finishing and promoting Rogue Nation, it is possible McQuarrie worked on the film’s script immediately before production on Rogue One began back in August.

While none of this is confirmed and should be taken with a grain of salt, it is incredibly common for studios to hire well-established writers for last-minute rewrites on their respective projects, without too much noise being made about it. However, considering how closely fans are paying attention to Rogue One, and the recent streak that McQuarrie has been on after his work on last year’s Edge of Tomorrow and this summer’s fantastic Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, word on this was bound to get out at some point.

Boasting an incredible cast including Felicity Jones, Ben Mendelsohn, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, and more, with Godzilla director Gareth Edwards at the helm too – it looks like Disney and Lucasfilm are doing their absolute best at making sure the film’s script is just as strong as the rest of its creative talent. Bringing an Academy Award-winning writer like Christopher McQuarrie is one hell of a way to help ensure that possibility too.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set to hit theatres on December 16th, 2016.

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