The Inspiration Behind The First ‘Star Wars’ Spin-Off, ‘Rogue One’!

Sometimes movie pitches are strokes of genius scribbled on a pad sitting on a nightstand at 2:00 AM.  Sometimes they come while driving to work.  But then there are those times when the greatest pitch to a movie is literally staring at you.

Staring at you for 35 years – or so is the case for the first spin-off in the Star Wars franchise.  Lucasfilm chief creative officer John Knoll pitched a new Star Wars movie to the company’s current president Kathleen Kennedy in 2012, with a rather simple idea.

“I just have this very simple idea, about the rebel spies in the opening crawl of A New Hope who steal the plans for the Death Star.”

The idea came straight from a line in the opening crawl of 1977’s Star Wars.  It was right there, all along.  For 35 years, a great idea for a spin-off in the Star Wars saga sat waiting for someone’s light-bulb to flicker on – and flicker it did for Knoll.

Kennedy knew exactly what Knoll was talking about and said simply, “that is a very good idea, John.”  So apparently it is that easy.  Knoll’s idea, of course, became Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.  The Star Wars anthology film will take place chronologically between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.

Check out that opening crawl again!  See if you find the next great idea!

Rogue One’s cast, announced at Disney’s D23 back in August, includes Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Jonathan Aris, and Peter Cushing, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will hit theaters on December 16th, 2016.

Check out the brief synopsis released by the official Star Wars Twitter account!

Excited about this story?  Mad that you never caught on to this brilliant idea for a spin-off?  Have another idea after watching the crawl again? Let us know!

Source: Wired

(Wes Harden)

Heroic Staff

Heroic Staff

Heroic Special Activities Division Agent Trainee Program