Gary Whitta Back at Writing Star Wars Rebels


MSN reports that Gary Whitta (“The Book of Eli”) known to Star Wars fans for coming up with the name for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story may be back doing a Rebels episode.


The writer, who helped come up with an early version of the Rogue One’s film screenplay also has worked with Lucasfilm’s animation branch in the past. Today he took to Twitter with some exciting news for fans of the animated television series Star Wars: Rebels.


Back in May 2015, SWNN reported that Whitta tweeted


“Writing an episode of Star Wars Rebels while my daughter sits in my office in Rebels pajamas, watching Rebels.”



Well less than a year later it looks like he is back at writing a Star Wars: Rebels Episode.


This comes from a tweet he put out earlier today



Those not familiar with Star Wars: Rebels, the show takes place about four years prior to the events of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. With the season finale of Rebels coming in a few days , it could be possible that he is writing an episode for the season 3 premier. One could also speculate that since Whitta had a hand in a earlier draft of the upcoming Star Wars film, perhaps there is a chance of a crossover. For now, fans are looking forward to what will be revealed in the season finale.


In what will surely be the most talked episode of the season, the season 2 finale directed by series Executive Producer Dave Filoni, and featuring the return of Sam Witwer (Clone Wars Animated) voicing Darth Maul, debuts Wednesday, March 30 at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT on Disney XD.


Click here to learn more about the season 2 finale of Star Wars: Rebels….



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23 thoughts on “Gary Whitta Back at Writing Star Wars Rebels

    • March 25, 2016 at 9:22 pm

      He’d be in his early 50’s here but he looks and moves a lot older.

      • March 26, 2016 at 8:55 pm

        A long life of Dark Side Force use, coupled with artificial limbs. Considering Vader was only 40, 43, and 44 in the OT and was rather slow, I think you could argue that it makes sense.

        • March 27, 2016 at 9:15 am

          What of Palpatine and Dooku then? They looked pretty good considering their age.

          In the old EU, They said the dark side wears out the flesh but I don’t think it applies to the new continuity yet but I’d like to see it explained if not in the episodes then the guide books.

          • March 27, 2016 at 9:59 am

            Dooku didn’t take up the Dark Side until he was already older.
            Palpatine used his power to directly conceal and strengthen his outward physical body, and once that power was turned on him, it physically destroyed him, making him the rather frail Emperor.
            That’s the best explanation I can think of. I agree, it doesn’t seem very consistent.

          • March 27, 2016 at 10:10 am

            That is true but Dooku and Palptine were Sith Lords and Masters so far more advanced than Maul ever was who only attained the level of apprentice.

          • March 27, 2016 at 10:18 am

            That brings up a good point: Maul was very much controlled by his own anger, whereas Dooku and Sidious, masters, were more collected. They may have known this and other secrets to keeping their physical beings stronger longer, where Maul may never have discovered this, or maybe did, but too late.

          • March 27, 2016 at 10:35 am

            That could be. They said his species has a high tolerance to pain which is probably how he survived but it said nothing about aging. I just hope they at least touch upon on it rather than gloss over it.

          • March 27, 2016 at 10:32 pm

            Maul could just be like, “The Dark Side has eroded my body and blah blah blah.”

          • March 28, 2016 at 1:36 am

            Probably exagerrating it like Palpatine in III too.

          • March 27, 2016 at 10:31 pm

            I read a book (admittedly in the old EU) that said that the dark side naturally destroys one’s physical appearance, and Palpatine used his Force power to conceal his true form. But Force lightning apparently gets rid of illusions, and that’s what made Palpatine look all old and fugly.

  • March 25, 2016 at 10:18 am

    I know we wanted Rogue One news, but… I don’t think this counts.

  • March 25, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Complete Kylo scene. I like that Abrams used exactly the same shot to introduce Han and Kylo (Father and son) in the Falcon.

    • March 25, 2016 at 3:21 pm

      I like that as well. Will be excited to see it at home next week.

    • March 25, 2016 at 4:45 pm

      I’m mystified as to why this was removed from the final cut. The musical cue could have been more reminiscent maybe with touches of Han and Leia’s theme, though.

      • March 25, 2016 at 6:57 pm

        Yeah that was a real headscrather for me as well. It’s not like it is a long scene but that would have brought a little more weight to Kylo’s conflict and given some more emotion to him eventually killing his father.

        • March 25, 2016 at 8:02 pm

          Yep. And if you make the musical cue more “light side” it would make his betrayal a little more surprising. You might actually think that he’s going to turn to the light for a sec and then BAM! Make it so fan editors.

      • March 25, 2016 at 8:44 pm

        Maybe the music wasn’t composed for this moment? I like the scene too, that shot in the cockpit is amazing.

    • March 26, 2016 at 12:34 pm

      More like Crylo Ren. Since when is Star Wars full of gay emos?

    • March 27, 2016 at 10:29 pm

      I can see why they cut this from the film. It’s pretty short and uneventful tbh. The version from the novelization was much cooler.

  • March 25, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    Interesting that the author of Rogue One is back penning an episode of Rebels. Perhaps there is going to be a tie in after all?

  • March 25, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    It’s pretty funny that a lot of people who don’t care for the PT loved TCW and those same people who love the OT are lukewarm to this show. I will say though that Rebels season 1 & 2 season finales blow anything TCW did for their first two ones.

    • March 25, 2016 at 9:33 pm


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