Gary Whitta Briefly Talks About What It’s Like To Write A Star Wars Movie.

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Gary Whitta was busy writing the first Star Wars spin-off movie, directed by Gareth Edwards, for almost a year. When he finished his contract, Oscar nominee Chris Weitz took over the writing duties. During an interview with IGN, Whitta briefly talked about his experience, and what it’s like to write a Star Wars movie.



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26 thoughts on “Gary Whitta Briefly Talks About What It’s Like To Write A Star Wars Movie.

  • February 8, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    comes across good! 🙂

  • February 8, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    “Star Wars was a very exciting film to write for…by the way, have you heard we’re using practical effects?”

    • February 9, 2015 at 12:10 am

      That depends on whoever produces the film & is in charge of visual photography.

  • February 9, 2015 at 1:22 am

    Like I said before, my only fear is the bunch of plot holes his movie will create, because he dismiss the prequels and possible will change everything. Because like some people around here, no one could tell him what is canon or not in this fictional universe…

    • February 9, 2015 at 1:33 am

      That’s going with the assumption that the Prequels themselves weren’t a giant plot hole:
      “He feared you might follow old Obi-Wan on some damn fool idealistic crusade like your father did.”

      All seriousness aside though, they will borrow from the Prequels. In the set photos in Abu Dabai there were (what looks to be) podracer engines.

      • February 9, 2015 at 2:27 am

        @Aras Volodka

        hahahaha this quote always bother me! But the better way to fix those plot holes is create more of them? I don’t think so, TCW fixed a lot of these and made Anakin character a LOT MORE likeable and made me fell sad about his fate. I think they should fix these other plot holes in the new movies and comics.
        Btw, the OT have a lot of plot holes too, Luke and Leia being twins and Vader don’t seeing that Leia is force sensitive. But the last one could be that the force was ‘sleeping’. See? TFW solved one plot hole 🙂

        • February 9, 2015 at 3:29 am

          Watch ANH, when the Imperials are torturing Leia for the location of the rebel base they mention how resistant her mind is to the “mind probe” and that they will have to find some other way to persuade her to cooperate(by blowing up Alderaan). Judging by Leia and Vader’s first conversation in the movie they already knew each other before the events in ANH.

          Basically Leia is force sensitive and that is why Darth Vader “can’t just sense her.”

          Damn! There is no plot holes in these movies just ya’lls crazy point of views.

          • February 9, 2015 at 4:35 am

            Points taken, I can’t argue against that. I wasn’t a big fan of the Prequel story, I’d imagine that if Lucas had written those scripts back in the OT era, & if that divorce hadn’t taken such a huge toll I would have liked it a lot better. 2 different people wrote those film trilogies, it’s a real shame that things didn’t turn out differently.

          • February 9, 2015 at 4:41 am

            Although in regards to Leia & Vader being aware, I don’t think Vader was cognizant of Leia’s force sensitivity since he probably wasn’t looking for it in the first place/ and Leia herself wasn’t aware of her own force sensitivity. Luke wasn’t aware of it either until ROTJ, it took Vader probing Luke’s feelings to identify that he even had a sister who was force sensitive. Not that I’m indicating Lucas didn’t just pull that out of nowhere for a plot twist in ROTJ, because I don’t think the make out scene would have been done if Lucas was cognizant of that for ESB… that’s the most glaring plot hole if you could call it that… but… they weren’t aware of the relation or force sensitivity.

          • February 9, 2015 at 6:24 am

            Darth Vader had essentially blocked out Padme from his mind for the past 19 years because of the pain it brought in him.
            So it’s natural that Darth Vader had accidentally tuned out Luke/Leia’s wavelengths as time went on. However he was still looking for Obiwan, so when Ben comes into the scene, Darth picks up the scent. When Ben dies, the scent doesn’t stop, there’s still activity going on, the line “The Force is strong with this one” has actually become more substantial and key to Vader’s story after this is considered. It’s after that moment where he realizes that there is another force-user. He soon connects the dots that he previously tried not to think about, and determines Luke has to be his son.
            However he still sees no reason to assume he has sister, Luke doesn’t know it, Leia doesn’t know it. There’s not enough suggestion for Vader to even think of searching for that, until he reads what Luke sensed.
            In a weird and significant way, Darth Vader’s blindness says a lot about Vader’s frame of mind, and actually kind of holds the entire narrative together. To “fix” this would be a waste would remove a dimension from the story.

          • February 9, 2015 at 9:38 am

            leczcie się 😀

          • February 9, 2015 at 9:47 am

            Still funny that with all that advanced technology Padme and Anakin didn’t know that she was getting twins, though…

          • February 9, 2015 at 8:10 pm

            In the novelization for REVENGE OF THE SITH, Anakin and Padmè decide they wanted the sex of the baby to be a surprise.

          • February 9, 2015 at 3:33 pm

            There’s no question but that Lucas made up the thing about Leia being Luke’s sister while he was writing the ROTJ script. The “there is another” line in ESB was originally meant to refer to an as-yet unknown character who was to have been introduced in a later episode, likely Luke’s sister who had been living somewhere on the other side of the galaxy.

            It was only when Lucas decided to wrap Luke’s story up with ROTJ rather than doing another trilogy that led to the eventual defeat of the Emperor (Lucas’ original plan) that he went with the simplest solution to the “other” problem – rather than spend the whole movie introducing another character as Luke’s sister, he’d just make Leia be the sister and have done with it.

      • February 9, 2015 at 3:29 pm

        Anakin DID go on a “damn fool idealistic crusade”. Did you somehow completely block out TPM? As a kid, he wanted to be the first one to see all the planets. He wanted to go off on adventures and such…just like most kids dream about. That’s the damn fool part…..and the idealistic part was covered when his Mom said no, and he reminded her that she said the biggest problem is that no one helps anyone. So he also wanted badly to help people at the same time. He then went off to follow Obi-Wan on this damn fool idealistic crusade. How is it that people miss this?

    • February 9, 2015 at 3:07 am

      Prequel movies are canon, as stated by Disney.
      All new movies will not contradict to them.

      • February 9, 2015 at 5:00 am

        It’s not so much about contradicting them as it is just ignoring the prequels.. No need to bring any of that into a new movie

        • February 9, 2015 at 8:16 am

          Thanks for the answers! I’m glad to see theres still smart people in this site who respect the others!

    • February 9, 2015 at 3:33 am

      @ Sorry my poor english February 09, 2015 at 01:22 AM

      That is what the lucasfilm story group is for, to keep continuity between the films.

      Think before you speak, you may soon find that you’ll have a lot less stupid shit to complain about.

  • February 9, 2015 at 1:38 am

    Worst Screenplay
    After Earth(2013)

    • February 9, 2015 at 1:54 am

      To be fair, he shares that credit with Will Smith, who earned the first writing credit of his career, and M. Night Shyamalan, who is terrible and ruins everything. Whitta could have been possessed by the ghost of Paddy Chayefsky and that screenplay was still going to suck.

      • February 9, 2015 at 12:41 pm

        “M. Night Shyamalan, who is terrible and ruins everything.” that made me laugh. I kinda feel bad for shyamalan recently, everyone (including me btw) hates his movies.

  • February 9, 2015 at 2:52 am

    He wrote Duke Nukem Forever too

  • February 9, 2015 at 9:33 am

    What do we know about the first spin-off movie?

    1.We know the director now.
    2.We know the writer now.
    3.We knew that it was going to center around either boba fett or han solo.
    4.We know star from orphan black is casted?
    5.That it is going to be some heist about death star plans?
    6.Sabine from sw rebels might be a character in the movie?

    Ok so I get the feeling that this will take place between episode 3-4. We’ll see mandalorians which are the bounty hunters, smugglers. So it sounds like what George wanted to do for his TV series sw:underworld that never happened. If that is what the movie will be about I am all for it.

    Ok let’s talk about characters…
    Who are we gonna see in it, if the time period of the movie is between episode 3-4.
    1.Boba fett
    3.Arua sing (if spelt right)
    6.Han solo

    Question comes to mind why are they stealing the death star plans? The new rebel alliance found out about it, and have hired bounty hunters to gather it?

    Anyone else?

    • February 10, 2015 at 5:17 am

      The first spin off is not a heist movie for Death Star plans. That event is covered in the opening crawl of ANH. No need for a heist movie that we’ve known the ending to for nearly 40 years.

      Cad Bane in a movie would be awesome.

  • February 9, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    Felicity Jones was cast, not Tatiana Maslany from Orphan Black.

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