REPORT: Rogue One Writer Saved Disney+ Cassian Andor Series from Cancellation


A report indicates Disney strongly considered shutting down production of its planned miniseries Star Wars: Cassian Andor before bringing one of Rogue One's co-writers on to rework the pilot episode.

According to Collider editor-in-chief Steven Weintraub, pre-production on the Disney+ series had been shuttered for weeks over dissatisfaction regarding the miniseries' story and scripts. Before news of the cancellation went public, Tony Gilroy signed on to write the pilot episode for the series.

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Gilroy worked as a co-writer on the 2016 Star Wars spinoff film. He also directed the film's extensive re-shoots uncredited. Gilroy would later claim that the project "was in terrible, terrible trouble," prompting Lucasfilm to approach him for help.

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Disney confirmed a Cassian Andor Disney+ miniseries was in development, with Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk reprising their respective Rogue One roles as Cassian and K-2SO. A report last year indicated that principal photography was slated to begin this October. With reports of trouble behind-the-scenes, this is likely no longer the case. It is similarly unknown if The Americans producer Stephen Schiff has been replaced as the miniseries showrunner.

Star Wars: Cassian Andor stars Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk. It will premiere on Disney+ at an unannounced date.

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