ROGUE ONE Writer Reveals Pitch For STAR WARS TV Series Featuring Rebels Hunting Down Imperial War Criminals

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story writer Gary Whitta reveals that he and Chris Weitz came up with a great idea for a TV spin-off that would have revolved around Rebels hunting down Imperial war criminals...

Andor has understandably been praised as one of the best Star Wars stories ever told on screen. However, we were first introduced to Cassian in 2016's Rogue One, a movie that showed us a very different side to this Galaxy Far, Far Away.

While that blockbuster went through some major changes during reshoots, it was originally written by Gary Whitta and Chris Weitz, and it turns out they had their own idea for small screen spin-off. Disney+ wasn't a thing back then, though there had been rumblings for some time that Lucasfilm might have plans for the franchise on TV.

Following Andor's edge-of-your-seat finale, Whitta took to social media to reveal that he and Weitz put their heads together to pitch a series to Lucasfilm that was going to be set between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens

In that, we'd have seen the victorious Rebel Alliance putting together a Mossad-style stream to track down Imperial war criminals. It doesn't sound like this idea was ever brought in front of studio executives, but it's a really cool concept that definitely would have complimented Rogue One.

"Years ago my Rogue One co-writer Chris Weitz and I had a cool idea for a TV show about a Mossad-style Rebel team hunting down Imperial war criminals who fled and disappeared after the fall of the Empire," Whitta says. "Could have been a cool bookend to R1. We never did anything with it though."

We've seen in The Mandalorian that the Empire didn't just roll over in the wake of the Emperor and Darth Vader's respective demises, so it would make sense for Rebels to track down those who remained loyal to them. The Jon Favreau/Dave Filoni slate of TV shows are doing a great job of exploring the fallout from that time, though, so the concept may be redundant now.

There's nothing to suggest this series will now become a reality, but the response from fans online has definitely been positive. With Andor proving such a hit - without a single Jedi or Sith in sight - perhaps Lucasfilm will be open to taking more risks with the franchise moving forward? We'll see!

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