By Scott Murray
When the Walt Disney Company bought Lucasfilm in 2012, some feared that the family-friendly studio would impose a "Disnification" of the Star Wars franchise. People feared that movies like The Emprie Strikes Back (or darker) would never be seen again because it wouldn't fit with an organizations whose theme park is "The Happiest Place on Earth." Evidently, some of this was in Rogue One director Gareth Edwards's mind as well.
Edwards talked about his original ending for the film on Empire's podcast (which will be re-posted on December 26th). In that draft, Jyn Erso and her team of rebels survive the mission to steal the Death Star Plans. While many fans were already speculating that it would be next to impossible for all of them to make it out alive, Edwards thought it was the only ending Disney would accept.
“We thought we weren’t going to be allowed to but Kathy [Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm] and everyone at Disney were like ‘Yeah it makes sense. I guess they have to because they’re not in A New Hope,’” Edwards said in the interview with Empire.
Whether it was the right thing or the most logical thing to do, it's even more clear that Disney is wiling to make decisions based on what works best for the story.
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