Tony Gilroy, showrunner of the acclaimed Disney+ Star Wars show Andor and a co-writer of the 2016 film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, countered speculations that a new version could improve the movie.
“Oh my God. No. No,” was Gilroy’s reaction when The Hollywood Reporter inquired about the possibility of a director’s cut of the stand-alone prequel to Star Wars: A New Hope. “[T]he more authority that you hear people talk about online about what happened on that movie, the less they know,” he claimed. “Maybe someday … but no,” Gilroy teased, not elaborating whether he meant someday the real story behind the movie would be told or someday the idea of a director’s cut might be reassessed.
Directed by Gareth Edwards with an original script by Chris Weitz, Rogue One underwent five weeks of reshoots after its initial production wrapped in 2016. Gilroy was brought in for rewrites, earning him a co-writer credit, and to oversee some scenes as a second-unit director. He also gave input during the editing process. The film eventually became a box office hit, crossing the $1 billion mark on a budget rumored to be as high as $265 million. Despite a plethora of unused scenes, some of which were even included in marketing material but removed from the final film, Gilroy insisted the released cut is the “absolute best version of that movie that you could possibly imagine in the time that was given.”
Rogue One Lives On in Andor
After his work on the film, Gilroy forged a fruitful relationship with Star Wars, becoming the showrunner and executive producer of Andor, the popular show spotlighting Diego Luna’s character introduced in Rogue One. Season Two, which wrapped up its writing process just before the WGA strike, will lead directly into the events of Rogue One.
The last Star Wars film to premiere theatrically was 2019’s The Rise of Skywalker, the final part in what has been dubbed the Sequel Trilogy. In recent years, Lucasfilm and Disney have steered the franchise to television-based content, a strategy that proved fruitful with the success of The Mandalorian and Obi-Wan Kenobi, amongst several other shows.
At the 2023 Star Wars Celebration, however, three new films were announced with Dawn of the Jedi by director James Mangold being the only one that already has a title. According to the director, it will tell the origins of the Force as a religion, inspired by Biblical epics like The Ten Commandments. The other new films see Daisy Ridley returning as Rey and director Dave Filoni mashing up an all-star cast pulled from The Mandalorian and its various spinoffs.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first season of Andor and other Star Wars content is currently streaming on Disney+.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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