Flip and see how director Gareth Edwards confirmed how they decided to scrapped the ‘Rogue One’ original ending…
In the orginal film from 1977 revealed that the Rebels successfully stole the Death Star plans, but everything else was left up to the filmmakers and the Lucasfilm team. In a recent interview, Gareth Edwards revealed in a recent interview, Rogue One almost had a very, very different ending.
“I mean, it’s a great Disney tradition isn’t it? For ever single character to die in all their movies. I think there was an early version – the very first version they didn’t [die] in the screenplay. And it was just assumed by us that we couldn’t do that and they’re not gonna let us do that. So we’re trying to figure out how this ends where that doesn’t happen. And then everyone read that, and there was just this feeling of like, “They gotta die right?” And everyone was like, “Yeah, can we?” And we thought we weren’t gonna be allowed to, but Kathy [Kennedy] and everyone at Disney were like, “Yeah, makes sense.” I guess they have to because they’re not in A New Hope. And so from that point on, we had the license and I kept waiting for someone to go, “You know what, can you just film an extra scene where we see Jyn and Cassian, they’re okay, and they’re on another planet and la la la…” And [that] never ever came, and no one gave us that note so we got to do it.”
Rogue One writer Gary Whitta said a similar thing when asked by a fan on Twitter and then deleted it:
“In very early versions of the story Jyn survived because Gareth & I never thought they’d let us get away with the alternative.”
Sorry, if we ruined it for any of you who haven’t seen the movie. It’s still a great film regardless of what happens.