Rogue One: A Star Wars Story originally had a happy ending, according to the film’s screenwriter.
Chris Weitz took over script duties for the Star Wars spin-off after Gary Whitta was originally hired for the job.
During an appearance on the CultPopture podcast, Weitz revealed that the ending that made it to the final cut hadn’t been written when he took over the role. “The version prior to [me coming on board] didn’t have everyone die,” he said.
“As a matter of fact, it ended with a wedding. I think it was on the presumption that Disney wouldn’t allow characters to die with such abandon.”
The screenwriter added that the deaths in the movie were justified “because nobody ever mentions them or sees them again.” He continued: “But also because we’ve done this whole sort of theme about sacrifice that it was appropriate that all of our main characters die.”
Weitz also revealed that some of the character deaths were placed in different locations throughout the movie than originally planned once Tony Gilroy took over as director from Gareth Edwards. “If you imagine the beginning of the second act and the end of the second act kind of swapping places, that would not be an inaccurate way to portray how it structurally was changed,” he said.
Disney hired David Benioff and DB Weiss to make a separate series of films in 2018. They will not be associated with either the episodic Skywalker saga or the trilogy being developed by Rian Johnson.
Earlier this month, further details of a new Star Wars theme park were revealed. The new attraction was also confirmed to be opening in the next few months.
The next Star Wars film, Episode IX, will be released on December 19, 2019 in the UK and a day later in the US.