UPDATE: Possible Reason for the Cancellation of the Rogue One Prequel Comic.

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The Rogue One: A Star Wars Story prequel comics may be significantly delayed or might not be made at all. Read ahead for details.


A couple of months back C2E2, Marvel announced a comic book miniseries that will lead into Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The comic was intended give fans a first look at the group of rebel heroes before they banded together to hatch the plan of stealing the plans of the first Death Star. However, reports are circulating that the comic might not be happening after all.


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Comicbook.com is reporting that the preorders of the series and its accompanying one-shot comic are now being cancelled. Amazon has been sending out notices explaining that preorders will no longer be fulfilled, indicating that the book has either been cancelled or postponed. The comic tie-in was to be part of a merchandising wave that was meant to initiate the countdown to the scheduled release of Rogue One in December.


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So far, there hasn’t been an official announcement of a cancellation or delay from Marvel or Lucasfilm. We will update this article when we receive more information.





According to Bleedingcool.com, there was a reason why the Rogue One comic series was cancelled.

I’m told it’s all down to rewrites. Re-writes, reshoots, changes to the movie and no time of budget for a comic book creative team to keep reworking and reworking pages.

This is really curious. It makes you wonder just how much did the film change from the original John Knoll story.


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61 thoughts on “UPDATE: Possible Reason for the Cancellation of the Rogue One Prequel Comic.

  • May 18, 2016 at 9:08 am

    They’ve really dropped the ball with the film comic tie-in’s. First delaying the TFA adaptation and then this.

    • May 18, 2016 at 2:28 pm

      Why do any comics companies do movie adaptations anyway? I absolutely loved my Star Wars Marvel adaptations when I was a kid, but prior to home video, that was one of the avenues to enjoy the story as often as I liked. They seem rather pointless these days.

      • May 18, 2016 at 3:29 pm

        I like them since they give you an idea of what the film is like as well as illustrates deleted scenes/dialogue but it is pretty pointless when it comes out months afterward like with the new trilogy so far. I also enjoy the cover art but the actual artwork inside for film adaptions is usually pretty awful and inaccurate due to the long gestation period in between concept and realization.

        • May 18, 2016 at 3:40 pm

          Nah. I can wait for the film. But yeah, an adaptation coming out after a movie’s release is a rather strange way to go about it.

          • May 19, 2016 at 2:38 pm

            I kind of like seing the different angles they use in the comics too since it’s the closest they come to remaking the films themselves.

      • May 18, 2016 at 3:32 pm

        well, in this particular case we’re talking about a prelude to rogue one. And that’s something I believe we need

        • May 18, 2016 at 3:38 pm

          Ah. I’d be much more interested in prelude or prologue or whatever, but “need” might be a bit of a stretch.

      • May 18, 2016 at 10:42 pm

        “A couple of months back C2E2, Marvel announced a comic book miniseries that will lead into Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” (emphasis added on lead into). The article was pretty clear about what the comic was.

        • May 18, 2016 at 11:29 pm

          Yeah yeah yeah. You’re a bit late to the party. Clone11038 already pointed that out.

  • May 18, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    come on, no! They shoudln’t do that we need a lot of material to link rogue one to rebels.

    • May 18, 2016 at 4:53 pm

      That guy is so supremely annoying.

      • May 20, 2016 at 1:51 am

        Maybe, but he makes some really good points about the prequels. Check out that video.

        (note, I’m biased because I’ve been an NC fan since like 2009 so take my opinions at face value =P)

        • May 20, 2016 at 6:55 am

          No offence, but you’re also a child trying to convince someone twice your age that all they need is a youtube video to be convinced… 😉

          • May 20, 2016 at 6:37 pm

            No offense, but I never used the word “convince”, nor did I say anything to the effect of “this will change your mind” or “this is absolutely true”. Please read my messages as they are instead of dismissing them as argument or propoganda based on the fact that I was born after you were.

    • May 20, 2016 at 3:07 am

      that guy should just shut his face… what a douchebag

  • May 18, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    I am still holding out hope for a stand alone Vader movie taking place after E III and prior to Rogue One… I think it is an interesting storyline and should include Obi Wan as well. Vader hunting down and destroying the Jedi, the true rise and formation of the Empire, etc. There are already comics that cover this era and could get expanded leading up to Rogue One time frame

    • May 18, 2016 at 7:07 pm

      Yeah that would be cool. Would like to see Vader hunt the few remaining Jedi, with Obi-wan working from the shadows to protect them. There’s the Obi-wan/Vader movie right there.

    • May 19, 2016 at 5:58 am

      Lords of the Sith: the Movie.

  • May 18, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    If Shattered Empire was anything to go by, I have on problem with this tie-in not happening.

  • May 18, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    Disney is so disorganized when it come to this stuff.

    • May 20, 2016 at 2:59 am

      And Warner Bros. isn’t?

      • May 20, 2016 at 6:29 am

        Not a fair comparison, Pretty sure WB is run by a group of special ed kids or chimps with apologies to the handicapped/primates.

        Though both are still better than Sony.

  • May 19, 2016 at 12:38 am

    Probably realized it was going to add nothing, or spoil too much.

    I mean….they get the damn plans, obviously.

    • May 20, 2016 at 1:49 am

      PLOT TWIST: They actually failed, and they sent Jar Jar Binks to get the plans instead. He succeeds but is shot a hundred thousand times just as the Tantive IV gets the plans, and A New Hope begins.

      • May 20, 2016 at 2:21 am

        And survives…

      • May 20, 2016 at 2:58 am

        I’m telling you: Darth Jar Jar — it’s a thing. Mark my words, Darth Jar Jar is going to be the new Lobot (in the regard that he’s the most important character) soon. You just wait.

    • May 20, 2016 at 3:12 am

      No spoiler alert?! 🙂

      Of course, this could be the story of the group of rebels who failed miserably, and died at the hands of Darth Vader while another group of rebels actually stole the plans.

      But yeah, they get the plans eventually :0

  • May 19, 2016 at 5:59 am

    At least we still have Catalyst.

    • May 20, 2016 at 2:46 am

      yeah, as long as the precursor novel IS still coming…

  • May 20, 2016 at 12:39 am

    John Knoll didn’t write a draft, he had the story idea, so a treatment at best.

    • May 20, 2016 at 12:50 am

      You mean the idea of someone stealing the death star plans? Oh yeah, where did he every get that idea.
      I’m ok with cancelling the comic and (maybe) putting it out later. I’d rather meet the characters in the course of the film instead of before hand…considering they all seem to have a mystery about them. besides, that’s half the fun of these type of ensemble heist pictures…seeing what everyone brings to the table.

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  • May 20, 2016 at 2:56 am

    Interesting; they had an entire comic that was riding on the movie, which might have tempted them to keep with the plan, and yet they still changed it, so it must be a pretty important change to the story, it also probably means they’ve been struggling with the story this whole time. I don’t know, but something about this doesn’t bode well.

  • May 20, 2016 at 6:28 am

    Yay! More last minute meddling by the suits. That always turns out fantastic.

    • May 20, 2016 at 7:06 am

      So far everything Disney has done has been great. I see no reason to be cynical. The DARK LORD OF THE SITH IS ABOUT TO RETURN. REJOICE!

      • May 20, 2016 at 3:45 pm

        Battlefront. The Star Wars Show, and all those filler episodes of Rebels say otherwise.

        • May 20, 2016 at 4:13 pm

          Battlefront is great, The Star Wars show just came out and is fun and very quick, and filler episodes happen in nearly every show… what’s your point?

          • May 21, 2016 at 3:09 am

            I guess these thing ruin the fact that Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader are coming back to the big screen. Holy crap we’ve not seen them in earnest since 1980s!

            And the whole premise assumes that “suits” forced reshoots. More likely is Gareth said hey if you give me time to do some reshoots I can make an even better movie!!

            I make video games. When I make a level for my video games do you think I make it toss it in the bucket and say well that’s done! Nope I refine them over and over again. Why is refining the movie a negative?

        • May 21, 2016 at 3:02 am

          The Star Wars show really? That’s a negative? If anything I’d consider it a who cares. Its not as if it subtracts from anything else their doing or takes away resources from the movies.

        • May 21, 2016 at 3:06 am

          and if those are your negatives here’s a counter. The Force Awakens, Siege of Lothal Twilight of the Apprentice, Darth Vader comic, Star Wars comic, the return of Dark Vader on the big screen. Kylo Ren, FREAKING LUKE SKYWALKER IS BACK! Give me 10 crappy youtube shows and 80 filler episodes if it means I get these things too.

          • May 21, 2016 at 5:58 pm

            Aftermath, A New Dawn, and Heir To The Jedi read like rejected grade school fan fiction. I’m even doubtful that English is the first language of the authors who wrote those. We may be getting 10 crappy spinoffs instead if ideas like Han Solo are where they are taking the series after the new trilogy. I wouldn’t rule out a Chewie spinoff at this point.

            They should be taking chances by exploring new eras and creating original ideas rather than continue to pander to the OT and that’s from someone who ranks the original three at the top of my favorite SW films.

          • May 21, 2016 at 7:27 pm

            The first movie they released was set 30 years after the OT in a new era…………

            Your whole disappointment is stacked around a few bad books and youtube show and movies you haven’t even seen or given a chance. If I was as pessimistic as you life would blow.

          • May 22, 2016 at 6:17 pm

            Which is exactly what the EU did nearly 30 years before and outdoing the PT in throwaway OT “homages” doesn’t qualify as originality.

          • May 22, 2016 at 6:29 pm

            So you wanted them to do a film 60 years past ANH? With no Luke Leia or Han?

            Maybe you should just watch some other scifi/fantasy. It doesn’t sound like you want anything from Star Wars to exist in these new movies.

          • May 23, 2016 at 1:16 pm

            No, Just a film that wasn’t completely derivative of piss poor EU ideas from the past that yet somehow managed to do them even worse but I’m not at all surprised that went completly over you’re head and I had to spoonfeed that to you.

  • May 20, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    They are adding more females and aliens to the movie, also Han Solo and Obi Wan.

  • May 20, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    Didn’t they get Christopher McQuarrie to help save the script? So I’m wondering if Marvel had the version before he came on board.

  • May 20, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    A prequel to a prequel? Didn’t sound like a good idea to begin with.

  • May 21, 2016 at 1:26 am

    Haha, this just proves further that this movie is probably even a bigger mess than Force Awakens. Of course the main script had a male lead character but Kathleen Kennedy decided that they will do a Hunger Games clone instead. But how do you make a posh white english petite girl look badass in this universe? All the males have turned into impotent idiots. I bet the head of the Death Star ends up behind chased by the girl in the corridors and falls on his butt begging her to spare him…Then she proceeds to spare him but the second she turns her back he pulls his gun, but she fires first, because she’s faster than Han Solo. She shot him in the crotch of course. The movie ends with a one liner like “I rebelled against patriarchy”

    • May 21, 2016 at 8:31 am

      You’re insane….

      • May 21, 2016 at 4:58 pm

        I agree. He’s nuts. He’s upset that TFA made almost $1 billion domestically because he thinks it’s a mess. Lol…he’s the mess.

        • May 21, 2016 at 9:49 pm

          Yeah, Transformers make almost as much as Star Wars, therefore it must be good, right?

          • May 21, 2016 at 11:09 pm

            LOL….are u making that comparison? Transformers didn’t come close to TFA. Well, you’re a distinct minority that didn’t like TFA. Perhaps you’re really a fan of another franchise who just wants to bash. Or, you cling to the OT. Now, I love the OT, but the ST has gotten off to a great start. I guess you’ll have to quit SW and go ‘Avatar’…..LOL

          • May 22, 2016 at 12:48 am

            You have extremely low standards and awfully poor taste. It’s funny you talk about Avatar, like it’s something different from TFA, it’s almost just as bad, but they didn’t copy paste someone else’s film at least. You’re the kind that can totally enjoys Avatar, Transformers and the Avengers. Since they are huge box office success, it has to be good, according to your logic.

          • May 22, 2016 at 2:35 am

            No, I thought TFA was excellent. Box office didn’t matter to me. You’re making the mistake of assuming your ‘high standards’ should be accepted by all. That’s just your opinion, not fact. I have my own view of ‘high standards’ as does everyone else. And, no, I didn’t like Avatar. Too much PC crap. Transformers? Only liked it a little. Not very satisfying. TFA was much superior. Avengers? Okay, but not great. You seem bitter. Perhaps you would prefer art house films.

          • May 22, 2016 at 12:59 pm

            My high standards are shared by Star Wars fans who like the OT and know why it’s good. You can’t appreciate this trilogy for what it is and at the same time think TFA is good, it’s inconsistent. It’s like saying you like gourmet food as much as cheeseburger leftovers.

          • May 22, 2016 at 7:15 pm

            You keep making the mistake of thinking your standards of liking a film or not is shared by everyone. It is not. Get used to the fact that you have only your opinion as do I and everyone else. Everyone I know really enjoyed TFA. I enjoy the OT and even the PT. That’s my opinion. Stop mistaking opinion for fact. That’s a common error many people make. I like pizza. Some people don’t. Does that make pizza bad? So, is it a fact that pizza is bad? No. Not in the slightest. People like different things. Get used to it.

  • May 21, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    The biggest mess in Hollywood history was most probably Casablanca. Yes, the famous 1942 Bogart an Bergman flick. The writers changed several times, no one knew how to end he movie. And they made an iconic movie.

    Also Frozen was one giant rewrite. And you know its effect on girls. I certainly know.So never judge a movie by the creative process Judge the end effect.

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  • May 22, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    When I see some of these negative posts I just shake my head, what ever happened to just enjoying the ride? Growing up in the OT era and seeing what was then called Star Wars on it’s first theactrical run in 1977 are some of my fondest memories.
    Seeing what came shortly before really excites me , I’m more excited about seeing this than TFA.

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