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Christopher McQuarrie helped polish Rogue One up real nice

01.18.2016
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Script doctors are a part of the development game. Writers are called in all the time to tweak or polish or shape or tinker with whatever the screenplay looks like, in order to tighten things up - dialogue, plot issues, character arcs, etc. - and get the movie into better shape than it was before they started working.

Big projects get this sort of attention all the time, with uncredited scribes you weren’t aware of on the film doing work under the cover of night. In most cases, the work goes unnoticed and/or unrecognized. This isn’t one of those times.

According to Birth.Movies.Death, Christopher McQuarrie was brought into the STAR WARS Galaxy to shine up ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY real nice, working out some of the story issues that were plaguing the standalone early on in production. According to the site's sources, "It's unlikely that McQuarrie will get a credit on the movie, although one source used the word 'saved' when talking about McQuarrie's contribution to the film."

It’s no surprise that it was McQuarrie’s number called, given his history with ensemble heist-style flicks (THE USUAL SUSPECTS and MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION). Now the question is - Did he make ROGUE ONE any better? We’ll never really know. But, if, in December, you walk away from this story about the stealing of the Death Star plans by the Rebellion and you find yourself entertained, then McQuarrie did his job, however big or small it was.

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY hits theaters on December 16, 2016.

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12:55PM on 01/20/2016

Is it me or

Does Christopher McQuarrie look identical to Stephen King?
Does Christopher McQuarrie look identical to Stephen King?
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6:43PM on 01/19/2016
My kids have got me into Star Wars Rebels and I really like the feel and design (despite being Disney) and since Rogue One is around this timeline, I think this will be the live action version of said series and will fit nicely into the lore of Star Wars...
My kids have got me into Star Wars Rebels and I really like the feel and design (despite being Disney) and since Rogue One is around this timeline, I think this will be the live action version of said series and will fit nicely into the lore of Star Wars...
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7:54AM on 01/19/2016

Wow

Did the script really suffer that badly that Disney needed to call in McQuarrie and not include his name in the credits? It shouldn't really come as a surprise given the other writer also wrote a Twilight film. Disney should have gone with McQuarrie from the very beginning.
Did the script really suffer that badly that Disney needed to call in McQuarrie and not include his name in the credits? It shouldn't really come as a surprise given the other writer also wrote a Twilight film. Disney should have gone with McQuarrie from the very beginning.
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7:46AM on 01/19/2016
A very talented writer being brought in to polish up the script is great news. Love the talent surrounding these Star War movies.
A very talented writer being brought in to polish up the script is great news. Love the talent surrounding these Star War movies.
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10:37PM on 01/18/2016
Everything about this movie gets me more and more curious, really looking forward to it. And that cast!
Everything about this movie gets me more and more curious, really looking forward to it. And that cast!
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8:48PM on 01/18/2016
The man definitely knows how to write his ensemble/team-up films, so this is great to hear.
The man definitely knows how to write his ensemble/team-up films, so this is great to hear.
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8:42PM on 01/18/2016
I should be excited cause this is an original Star Wars movie, but I'm mainly just excited about Mads Mikkelson being in it more than anything else.
I should be excited cause this is an original Star Wars movie, but I'm mainly just excited about Mads Mikkelson being in it more than anything else.
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8:55PM on 01/18/2016
I'm excited because I love movies in the heist genre. Also, after all the complaints about the similarities of The Force Awakens to the original Star Wars (though it did not bother me at all), I'm excited to see a movie in the Star Wars universe that has a different story with a new group of characters.

And, yes, I am also excited to see Mads Mikkelson in this. I loved his portrayal of Hannibal.
I'm excited because I love movies in the heist genre. Also, after all the complaints about the similarities of The Force Awakens to the original Star Wars (though it did not bother me at all), I'm excited to see a movie in the Star Wars universe that has a different story with a new group of characters.

And, yes, I am also excited to see Mads Mikkelson in this. I loved his portrayal of Hannibal.
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