Following a blockbuster run at the box office, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is making the jump to comics. As revealed by Entertainment Weekly, Marvel is gearing up to adapt the epic anthology tale in limited series form. The new comic will be written by Jody Houser (“Faith,” “Mother Panic”) and feature art by Emilio Laiso (“Star Wars Annual,” “The Mighty Captain Marvel”).
The “Rogue One” adaptation follows in a tradition of comic book adaptations for “Star Wars” films. Marvel adapted the original “Star Wars” in a six-issue storyline that kicked off their first ongoing “Star Wars” comic in 1977. Marvel subsequently adapted “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi.” The publisher also just concluded their “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” adaptation.
The limited series won’t just be a strict adaptation of what fans saw in the theater, however. Houser spoke about the series, saying that it will include more than what was seen in the film. “The comics will definitely expand on what was seen in both ‘Rogue One’ the film and the novelization,” said Houser. “Lucasfilm and [‘Rogue One’ director] Gareth Edwards had a bunch of ideas for extra scenes and character moments that didn’t make it into the film. I’m having a lot of fun playing around with those. Adaptations across different forms of media have always been a great opportunity to explore other facets of the story, and we’re excited to have new material in the ‘Rogue One’ comic.”
“Rogue One’s” reshoots were much talked about ahead of the film’s release, and Ben Mendelsohn (who played Director Krennic) noted that the shot multiple versions of many scenes. Could some of those alternate takes or deleted scenes make their way into the comic?
Houser also spoke about “Rogue One’s” different tone, and how she may be uniquely suited to bringing it into comics.”
“‘Rogue One’ definitely puts the ‘War’ in Star Wars in a way that we haven’t necessarily seen in the movies before,” said Houser. “Sure, we’ve had populated worlds and stations the size of moons blown up, Order 66, but we’re not used to all of our leads being expendable. We’re not used to seeing so much of the death and destruction close up. I think stripping away some of the fantasy and raising the stakes is a brave move, especially in a precedent-setting movie like this. It adds weight and meaning to the events that immediately follow in ‘A New Hope’ by showing the cost. Of course, I did start my comics career writing primarily horror and tragedy/tear-jerker shorts, so I may be a bit biased here…”
Included with the announcement were two covers: a regular cover from artist Phil Noto, and an action figure variant from John Tyler Christopher.
Since opening in theaters in December, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” has earned over $918 million worldwide. The film stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Ben Mendelsohn and Alan Tudyk.
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