There’s no word about when in the process McQuarrie might have tackled the screenplay, but with his busy schedule as of late, doing promotion on a major movie and getting it ready for release, it could have been tricky to fit in. Still, this is only good news.( Donnie Yen )
Though he has been working more as a director in the last few years, with Rogue Nation last summer and Jack Reacher in 2012, screenwriting is where he’s made his bones. He first rose to prominence with the Oscar-winning The Usual Suspects, but he also wrote Rogue Nation, adapted Reacher, and penned Edge of Tomorrow, among other projects. The idea of him taking a pass at Rogue One is something that has us very excited around these parts. He’s great at delivering big popcorn blockbusters that don’t skimp on the grit, character, humor, or intelligence. Those are all things we want out of a Star Wars movie.
Rogue One has been filming now for a while, but the writer situation has been a bit of a revolving door. Gary Whitta handed in the original draft then bowed out. Simon Kinberg was rumored to be taking over, rumors that were quashed when Chris Weitz (Cinderella) was brought on board to give it a polish. If LR’s sources are correct, and McQuarrie did go over the script, with just two weeks it probably wasn’t a massive overhaul, but more of tightening things up and beefing up certain elements.
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