Rogue One


It’s a bit of a shock, but also kind of fun, to find your Twitter feed blowing up because of a blockbuster announcement. Yesterday the news came out that the first Star Wars™ stand alone movie would be Rogue One. I can’t tell you the thrill that ran through me with the news. I don’t think I’ve stopped grinning like a fool since I first read about it.

There are a bunch of questions that have popped up, and I want to answer them as best I can. But, first, one thing really needs to be done.

Thank you!

Everyone has been unbelievably kind in their comments about my novels, including Entertainment Weekly. I loved writing those books and the time I got to spend in the universe. Marrying the comics and novels was a blast, second only to working with Timothy Zahn, Peet Janes and Aaron Allston. Every time I see a member of the 501st wearing a flight suit with a red stripe, I have to smile; and having boxes of action figures of my characters show up at the door is like having Santa visit at random.

But the reason Rogue One is getting made has nothing to do with my novels. The only reason the movie will be made is because of your reaction to and reception of the novels. The way you embraced them and the characters opened a whole new realm within the GFFA. Before you latched on to the eclectic collection of pilots, Star Wars™ was all princesses, pirates, droids and Jedi. Everyone else was expendable set dressing.

Let me share a secret: back when Rogue Squadron came out, no one (except for me) thought it would hit the New York Times Bestseller list. No one. We were off into unexplored territory, so when it hit, folks were stunned. And then, the week when The Krytos Trap was coming out, an obscure writer named Stephen King had five novels on the NYT list. Five! And everyone at Bantam was sure that the X-wing series’ Cinderella run was over.

And yet, because of you, The Krytos Trap knocked a King book off the list!

Without your support and enthusiasm, no one ever would have noticed the Rogues, and we’d not be waiting for this movie. So, again, thank you!

On to questions:

1) Has any reached out about having me write more X-wing novels? As of today, no. That’s a decision Disney and Del Rey and Lucasfilm will make, and probably after there’s a script in hand.

2) Has anyone at Marvel reached out about having you script an X-wing comic? Same answer as above. Writing the comics for Dark Horse was a blast, and I’d happily write more. What folks want is going to depend on how they want to develop the property.

3) Are you going to be asked to write the script? Nope. Hollywood uses scriptwriters to write scripts. While I’ve written scripts in the past, I’m not known for it. This project is so high speed they’re putting the best people on it.

4) Do you have any inside info on the movie? No. For this project, and Ep 7, I’ve actually been keeping myself spoiler free. I’ve not even watched trailers. I want to go into the theatre the same way I did in 1977 to watch A New Hope.

5) Who would you like to see play [fill in name pilot here]? Whomever the casting directors think is best for the part.

6) Do you have any secret wishes for Rogue One? Well, this is hardly a secret, since I’ve mentioned it numerous times at conventions. I wish the producers would hire Timothy Zahn and me (and I included Aaron when he was still with us) to be pilot extras in the film. Kill us off horribly, doesn’t matter. Or, since this film is set later, I’d love to be cast as a pilot instructor, with a uniform that has the name Horn on the breast in Aurbesh.

The reasons for this are simple. First, it would be a blast to visit the set and be part of the production. Second, it would complete a cycle. Tim and I were able to portray Talon Kaarde and Corran Horn respectively for cards in the Decipher Star Wars™ CCG. Being able to portray again characters that we created, or characters within a portion of the universe that we helped explore, would be a blast. Third, it would be a fun in-joke for readers, and a nice homage to the old EU.

Fourth, Tim and I could then go to conventions and not have to lug books to sell. We could just have photos of ourselves from the movies and sell those.

As I said above, I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to hear this news. It reconfirms for me the power of your love for the Rogues. I’ll be watching for news of the movie, and I’ll add new posts when/if I am able about any details I learn.

This movie will be about the Rogues, but it’s being made because of you. Thank you, and pass the popcorn.

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12 Responses to “Rogue One”

  1. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for all that you have contributed to this awesome universe! Keiran Halcyon will always one of the characters I most love, his motorcycle grip was genius.

  2. Personally I think not hiring you in some way is like turning the second and third Vampire Chronicles books into one movie without hiring Anne Rice. Well, maybe not that bad, but many of us rabid fans think it will make the future of Rogue Squadron less than it could have been.

  3. Hi Mr. Stackpole. Huge fan of your books. The movie Rogue One doesn’t seem to be about a squad of X-wing pilots according to the, admittedly, early reports of people who were at the announcement. They seemed to suggest that it had more in common with the Halo video game series. If that’s true then its a shame that they used the Rogue name.
    I myself would love to see the Rogue squadron concept come to life as a TV series. I think shows like Firefly, the BattleStar Galactica reboot, SW The Clone Wars, etc. have paved the way for a gritty character driven Star wars series taking place between Star Wars IV and IIV. Disney seem to be fairly open to the idea of such things so it might be something that you and the other authors could explore. In this world of online petitions who knows what could be.
    Just my two cents.

  4. I agree about the TV series. Even if Rogue One isn’t about the squadron—and it would be a poor choice of names if it isn’t—there’s always the chance for TV.

    I’m just really happy about seeing a project that involves the “everyman” in the universe. It will be cool.

  5. Are you sure they’re based on your books? Could it be about something else in the S.W. universe? Have they reached out & confirmed out with you? I did enjoy your novels, just don’t feel convinced

  6. Soooo exciting! I’m happy you’re getting the attention you deserve for all your work!

    I love the cameo idea. Also some ideas from Twitter: naming one of the pilots “Allston” or “Aaron”; and definitely, definitely, we should all wear Hawaiian shirts to the opening.

    You should totally write the movie novelization!

  7. As I noted in the post, I have no inside information. I’m just reacting to the questions I’ve been asked. Fact is, even if the film was going to be drawn, line by line, from my novels, no one is under any obligation to say “boo” to me about anything.

  8. Can I also say that I imagined most NY bestselling authors to be rather aloof when it comes to talking about their book series but the passion and downright fanboy glee you have put into your comments above are really refreshing. Especially considering how invested and successful you have been in the franchise and for as long as you have. I got a real buzz out of the enthusiasm you projected.

    Okay, I’ll stop gushing now.


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