While the excitement surrounding Star Wars: The Force Awakens finally starts to die down, it seems that elsewhere in the Star Wars universe there’s much script rewriting going on. First up is Episode VIII. While production was meant to get underway very soon, it looks like things may be slightly delayed as the script, written by director Rian Johnson but with possible help from others, may be getting one final rewrite before the cameras can begin shooting. Apparently the chief purpose of the rewrite is to drastically reduce the roles of two new characters so that Rey, Finn and Poe have more prominence. It’s rumoured that the two parts are female. It’s probably a wise choice, considering that there’s still much that we don’t know about Rey, Finn and Poe, and hopefully Luke will have a larger role this time.
Meanwhile, the Gareth Edwards – directed spinoff Star Wars:Rogue One, about the heist of the original Death Star plans, is also getting a script rewrite, but the word is that this time it was because some weren’t too happy with it. Gary Whitta wrote the first screenplay, then that was rewritten by Chris Weitz, but it seems that Christopher McQuarrie has just done some serious polishing on it. The site Birth.Movies.Death has reported that McQuarrie’s contributions have “helped immensely”. I’m not surprised – McQuarrie is a fine writer, way back to his brilliant script for The Usual Suspects, and in my view Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, which he wrote and directed, was the best in that series so far. Some seem to think that McQuarrie may go uncredited for his efforts though.
Star Wars: Rogue One is set to come out in cinemas December 16th this year. As for Episode VIII, we have to wait till May 25th 2017