At Fan Convention, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Co-Screenwriter Shares Insights Into the Gig

A Guest Blog by Rhett Wilkinson

Appearance by wordsmith Gary Whitta headlines a Salt Lake City comic con heavy on Star Wars storytelling and continuity

Star Wars was a significant swath of Salt Lake Comic Con’s FanX 2017, with multiple panels, including one that featured Gary Whitta, co-screenwriter for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

At the panel Inside Rogue One, Whitta spoke about writing the first standalone film among the Star Wars films. Other panels on the event’s Saturday included The Interconnected Star Wars Universe and Full of Sith. They saw Lucasfilm Story Group executive Matt Martin and Full of Sith podcasters Bryan Young and Holly Frey answer questions from each other and attendees that usually had to do with the *story* of Star Wars.

(And, on the off-chance that you haven’t seen Rogue One yet, spoilers follow.)

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Star Wars: It’s About Family

Star Wars has many themes, and one of them is family.  It’s relatable.  It’s honest.  And that’s powerful.

Since the very first film, Star Wars introduced us to a new family, the Skywalkers.  A family that lives in a galaxy far, far away, but at the same time, that family feels like home.  Sometimes, it feels or has felt more like home than home.  At one time or another, we were Luke.  A dreamer.  We were Leia and Padmé.  A strong leader. We were Shmi.  A nurturer.  And yes, even Anakin.  Fiercely loyal and yet tried and troubled too. After all, what family is not all these things and more?

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What I Learned From Spiderman: Homecoming

Jay’s Galactic Espressions

Warning: Major Spoilers ahead for Spiderman: Homecoming!

Everywhere I look in our society today, I am bombarded by messages of “girl power.” Some are very positive, encouraging and empowering. Others leave me – a grown woman – with the proverbial “very bad feeling” about what my younger female counterparts may eventually be molded into.

With the release of the cartoon shorts Star Wars: Forces of Destiny, there has been a noticeable spike in the conversations regarding female-centered role-models, and how those role-models are being utilized to market not only merchandise, but the message of “what it means to be a girl.” I love the series, and I believe it sends positive messages that transcend all human-imposed boundaries. However universally acceptable I feel the series to be, there exist those who oppose and/or challenge that notion, for whatever personal motives or agendas they may have. As Palpatine said: “so be it.” I’m not here to change anyone’s beliefs or opinions, but I do have some things to get off my chest.

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Melinda’s Brew: The Thrill of Victory…

Melinda's Brew

You know where, in The Empire Strikes Back, Yoda encourages Luke: “Do. Or do not. There is no try.”? A lot of Star Wars fans take exception to Yoda’s lesson. They think that Yoda is wrong in making such a statement to Luke, our fledgling Jedi-in-Training. These fans criticize Yoda because they believe he is not validating the significance of the ol’ college try. They argue that trying counts for a lot. I can see their reasoning.

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The Star Wars Canon Dispatch: July 2017

The Star Wars Canon Dispatch
July 2017

Welcome to The Star Wars Canon Dispatch, an unofficial monthly contextual look at the monthly releases in Star Wars storytelling.  This month… Forces of Destiny.  Oh… and that new book… we like new books!

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Celebrate D23 with 10% Off Select Items this Weekend from Anovos

Can’t be at D23? That’s okay. Anovos isn’t leaving you behind:

We love meeting fans and talking with customers in person, but we know there are many of you who can’t always attend the events where we are exhibiting. To emphasize our belief in “no fan left behind,” we are offering these Not-at-the-Con Sale discounts from Friday, July 14, 2017 through Sunday, July 16, 2017. Shop now and save!

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Official Star Wars Fragrances: Product Review

This post is sponsored by the KeepMe Group. I have been compensated for my time. All opinions are 100% my own.

KeepMe Group has teamed up with LUCASFILM and Disney to create The Ultimate Star Wars Collectors Gift – a range of Official Star Wars Fragrances boxed in beautifully designed packaging. The Star Wars fragrance collection includes six unique scents representing the light and dark side of the Force. Amazing, right!?

In the development of this, KeepMe Group has focused on creating a range of products that are true to Star Wars fans from many walks of life. The team, based in the UK, states these items have been created by Star Wars fans for Star Wars fans, and, with the attention to detail on the packaging, it’s evident. The hardcore fan and collectors will truly appreciate the attention to detail with references to characters (using unique designs that can ONLY be found in this collection and are artistic and beautiful) It truly is a cool product, combining high-quality Eau de Parfum fragrances with high-end packaging finishes. Basically, it appeals to a much more diverse audience than one might originally expect.

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Forces of Destiny With My Sons

With the recent release of Star Wars Forces of Destiny, I thought it would be interesting and fun to get the initial reactions of two of my sons, one who is nine years old (Scout) and one who is five (Cedar). Scout has a Star Wars knowledge that impresses even me. He can dissect and go in-depth so well that he challenges me with some of his thoughts and questions. He recalls exactly what happened in any of the movies as well as The Clone Wars, Rebels, and The Freemaker Adventures. On the other hand, Cedar still has a very rudimentary understanding of Star Wars. He knows many of the characters and will usually sit through most of an episode of Rebels, but he hasn’t made it through an entire movie yet and doesn’t quite understand all of the connections between even the most well-known characters.

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Star Wars Preview: San Diego Comic Con 2017, Part 1

San Diego Comic Con 2017 starts the night of Wednesday, July 19th and runs through Sunday, July 23rd. At the time of this writing, the schedule is only complete through Saturday, July 22nd. Here’s the Star Wars content I’m most looking forward to over those first few days.

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What if Star Wars…had flopped?

I wouldn’t trade Yoda, not even for Princess Leia wielding a lightsaber against Darth Vader himself, but that may have been the deal fans were forced to make if the original Star Wars film had been a flop.

Back in the late 1970s, as George Lucas was preparing his space opera for theaters, sci-fi novelist Alan Dean Foster was doing his part, ghostwriting the novelization of the screenplay that would become A New Hope and penning its sequel. As the story goes, the second novel was envisioned as the framework for a possible low-budget film if the first movie tanked at the box office. Foster wrote the tale under strict guidelines to minimize costs, essentially eliminating high-flying space battles and editing out Han Solo entirely because Harrison Ford had not yet inked a deal to reprise his role.

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