NAB Show Super Session Takes Attendees Behind the Scenes with 'Rogue One

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla, Monsters) and produced by Kathleen Kennedy, p.g.a., Allison Shearmur, p.g.a. It starts with Knoll talking about how he got his job with ILM (it's a great tale of chutzpah) and how his initial idea for Rogue One became a reality. "Figure out who they were before this movie took place".

"It's about 1,700. The original A New Hope was about 360".

As for the plot of the inevitable part two, whilst "the Star Wars story team isn't ready to share exactly what they have in store", we can readily imagine what it is likely to be. But the crew of Rogue One continued to reference his material, including unused sketches that influenced the look of K-2SO and the elite, black-clad stormtroopers seen in some scenes.

To celebrate this week's release of "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" on Blu-ray 3D, 2D DVD and digital, we have five Blu-ray prize packs to give away thanks to our friends at Walt Disney Home Entertainment.

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Meanwhile, the organisers of Star Wars Celebration revealed that Canadian actor and producer Hayden Christensen, who played Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars films, will make an appearance in the annual event for the first time since 2002. Like Batman, Harry Potter and Willy Wonka, there are now generations of fans who love it, who know every line and every sound effect, who can name the model of every droid and the race of every alien and who want to know the stories behind each one. And then, about 30 years later, you're at Lucasfilm trying to draw X-Wings and the Death Star and getting paid for it. And it looks like following Episode IX, we could be kicking all that off with those oft-rumoured Obi-Wan (which Ewan McGregor is reportedly still keen to do) and Boba Fett standalone movies made, which will open up the stories of two popular characters from the early trilogies. TFA's second edition (the 3D release) featured a great commentary by J.J. Abrams and a lot more extras in addition to the ones initially found.

Rogue One was always going to be a bit of a gamble. Of course you wish the outcome would be different for all of them but I truly think it had to be that way.

Perhaps inevitably, BB-8 was a little less excited by Rogue One than by the movie in which he stars. "As you probably know, shooting things in 360 is very challenging.... there's a lot of reasons not many people do this because shooting a live-action plate and then putting film-quality visual FX in 360 is an incredibly hard process".

  • Carlos Nash