New ‘Rogue One’ Empire Cover Spotlights The Death Star Plans

In addition to the onslaught of trailers, international trailers, and TV spots part of the marketing campaign for the upcoming Star Wars spin-off Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Empire Magazine has revealed a new cover that is exclusive to its subscribers ahead of it’s second Rogue One issue set to hit newsstands next week. The cover puts the spotlight on the films McGuffin itself, the death star plans. The blueprint reveals the complete technical specifications for the superweapon though you’ll have to be able to read aurebesh as well as understand the science of the Star Wars universe. Good luck!

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters December 16, 2016.

Produced by Lucasfilm, the film stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelson, Donnie Yen, Alan Tudyk, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker with a script penned by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy. Directed by Garreth Edwards.

From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves. In theaters December 2016.

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SOURCE: EMPIRE

‘Stargate’ Reboot Isn’t Happening Anymore

A few years ago, Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin, writers of the original 1994 sci-fi hit Stargate revealed they would be partnering to return Stargate to the silver screen once the long in development Independence Day: Resurgence was out of the way. After seeing the result of the sequel to Independence Day, it comes as no great surprise that the reboot of Stargate has found its way into development hell.

Rumors pointed to a partnership between Warner Bros. and MGM to realize a new trilogy with Emmerich and Devlin on board. But in an interview with Empire, Devlin has revealed that the breaks have been pumped on the project:

It looked good for a couple of months, but now it’s not looking so good. There are just a lot of things that have to fire at the same time, and there was a moment where I thought it was all firing at the same time, and then it all kind of fell apart.

Devlin cited the current studio system in Hollywood is to blame:

Listen, I think if we did Stargate right, the fans would like it and we could do something really good. But if we screw it up, they’ll reject it. As they should. But I kind of don’t want to do it if I think that we’ll screw it up, and that’s one of the things that’s holding us back.

While Stargate is one of the few reboots I would actually like to see, canceling the project might be for the best. Given the amount of drama going on over at Warner Bros. thanks to the committee in charge of making creative decisions, along with Emmerich’s track record since the dawn of the new millennium, the prospect of the two joining forces sounds like it would be a recipe for disaster. That is if the rumors of Warner Bros. involvement were actually true. The original Stargate was produced independently, free of a major studio’s involvement which allowed the production much more freedom as well as the time to craft the project with the care necessary to deliver something worthwhile. Producing a remake of the film independently in today’s industry would prove much more challenging, however. Hope is not lost yet.

Over the last few year’s we have seen Netflix become a major competitor for the movie studios. The streaming giant was even able to steal this past summer’s lackluster movie season away from the studios with their incredible original programming. Netflix is known to greenlight projects other studios have passed on before and a project like this seems perfect for Netflix, who at this point in time are the only ones out there willing to give filmmakers a chance and provide the necessary conditions for their visions to come to fruition.

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SOURCE: EMPIRE

‘Rogue One’ Director Explains How Director Krennic Fits in With The Empire

Since the main antagonist for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Director Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) was revealed, fans have wondered just how the character would fit into the pre-existing hierarchy of the Empire first introduced in the original classic A New Hope back in 1977.

Since the main antagonist for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Director Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) was revealed, fans have wondered just how the character would fit into the pre-existing hierarchy of the Empire first introduced in the original classic A New Hope back in 1977.

In an interview with USA Today, director Garreth Edwards divulged just exactly where Krennic stands with the Empire.

[Krennic] hits a brick wall in the hierarchy where they won’t let him in the club and it’s going to turn into a them-or-us situation: either Krennic or Tarkin and the others.

Edwards also added that Krennic is a “working-class” Imperial officer who ascended to his position “through sheer force of personality and ideas”.

Krennic hitting the brick wall or glass ceiling means that the character was most likely born in the outer rim of the galaxy. Fans who read the books know the Empire is extremely prejudiced against non-human species or those born outside the inner rim of the galaxy. Where is this guy from, Jelucan? One thing is for sure, he wasn’t born on Coruscant.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters December 16, 2016.

Head on over to USA Today read more of the interview with Edwards including a brief account of what it like shooting a scene with Mendelsohn opposite Darth Vader.

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From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves. In theaters December 2016.

SOURCE: USA TODAY