The Alternate Ending to Rogue One was ‘Happier’
Warning: major spoilers for those who somehow haven’t seen Rogue One yet.
The filmmakers of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story have always intended to kill off the entire Rebel team on Scarif, but there was a time where that wasn’t always the case. The earliest drafts of the script had a slightly different outcome for our heroes. At least for two of them. You can take a look a the video below.
“The original instinct was that they should all die,” screenwriter Gary Whitta told EW. “It’s worth it. If you’re going to give your life for anything, give your life for this, to destroy a weapon that going to kill you all anyway. That’s what we always wanted to do. But we never explored it because we were afraid that Disney might not let us do it, that Disney might think it’s too dark for a Star Wars movie or for their brand.”
So in the original drafts by John Knoll and Gary Whitta, only Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) survived the final battle on Scarif. However, the creative team wanted a nobler sacrifice than that.
“You have the darkness that’s in the undercurrent of the story at that point, but you still have the rightness of why they’re doing it,” says director Gareth Edwards. “It doesn’t feel depressing. It feels like you want them to succeed at any cost. It’s a sport where the clock is ticking, and they need to just dive across the finish line. You do whatever you need to do to get there. It’s a gauntlet that they’re handing to Princess Leia. You get that moment where the crowd feels like it can cheer at the end.”
The argument had to be made to the top brass at Lucasfilm. The heroes would succeed in stealing the Death Star’s plans, but they would have to pay the ultimate cost for such a victory.
“We were still scratching the itch that they all needed to die. Chris Weitz [who wrote another draft] thought we were right,” Whitta says. “They finally went off and fought for it. We told them, we feel they all need to die, and [Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy] and everyone else said to go for it. We got the ending that we wanted.”
So what do you think? Would you have preferred the happier ending, or are you happy with what we got instead?
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is available now on digital HD. The Blu-Ray/DVD home video comes out on April 4, 2017.
Source: Entertainment Weekly