Screenwriters Gary Whitta and Chris Weitz revealed some of the alternate titles considered for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
During IGN’s WFH Theater Commentary, writers Gary Whitta and Chris Weitz told fans that the Star Wars film had several different titles that were up for consideration before finally landing on Rogue One. Weitz explained that one title was inspired by a line of dialogue from Obi-Wan Kenobi in A New Hope where the ageing Jedi mentions “Before the dark times, before The Empire.”
“There was one point at which we were kicking around titles for this, right? Rogue One was a good choice eventually, but one of them was ‘Dark Times’.”
Gary Whitta went on to explain that there were so many potential titles for the film that a creative executive got them to vote on the ones they liked. The screenwriter also mentioned that a great way of differentiating Rogue One from the rest of the saga was to keep the title as short as possible. He pointed out that by doing away with the usual “unwritten rules” of the saga they could let fans know this would be a different kind of story in the larger Star Wars universe. Whitta also mentioned that “Shadow of the Death Star” was previously considered.
“At one point, John Swartz, who was one of the creative executives on the film had a list and we all kind of voted on the ones that we liked…. One of the things that occurred to me, I went back and looked to all the previous films, and this continues to be true even with the sequel trilogy now being completed, the titles of Star Wars Saga films are always either three words or four words long. They just all are. So it occurred to me that one of the ways we could differentiate this movie from the rest is we had a title that was only one word or two words long. So like Star Wars: Rebellion, Star Wars: Rogue One, let’s do a title that’s shorter so that even from the title of the movie you know this is something that doesn’t necessarily conform to the unwritten rules of the Saga films.”
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Here is the official synopsis for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story:
From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.
Directed by Gareth Edwards from a screenplay co-written by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy based on a story by John Knoll and Gary Whitta, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, with Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is now available on Digital HD, Blu-Ray, and DVD.