Some people work better under pressure, that might have been the case for Michael Giacchino when it came to working on the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Giacchino only had four and a half weeks to score the film. Alexandre Desplat was originally set to score the film but left the project earlier this year, quickly after his exit, Disney announced that they would be bringing in Giacchino (Jurassic World, Inside Out) for the score.
When Giacchino was brought into the fold, he didn’t want to know why Desplat had left the movie, instead, he wanted to focus on his own musical work.
“I’ll tell you, I actually don’t know an awful lot about that. [The filmmakers] were like, ‘Do you want to know what happened?’ And my response was, ‘You know what, when this is all over we can sit and talk and have a drink and you can tell me whatever you want. I’d love to hear the story. But for right now I feel like I’d rather just pretend nothing happened and everything is good and I’m just going to come onto this.’ And they were like, ‘Fair enough, fair enough.’ So honestly, I don’t know anything about it other than what was purportedly, you know, ‘schedule issues.’… With that amount of time left, I was like, ‘I don’t want to get wrapped up in any sort of gossip or figuring out what was wrong when all we really need to do right now is figure out how do we just get accomplished what we have to get accomplished?’
Rogue One arrives in theaters on December 16th and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, and Jonathan Aris.
Following the foundation of the Galactic Empire, a wayward band of Rebel fighters come together to carry out a desperate mission: to steal the plans for the Death Star before it can be used to enforce the Emperor’s rule.