The name you frequently see popping up with ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story‘ is director Gareth Edwards but it is writer Tony Gilroy who is having a huge payday from the film. His work on the film had originally been under contract for $200,000 though with his extended work on the project during postproduction and reworking the ending, it seems like he is going to be making well over $5 million off the first ‘Star Wars’ standalone film.

Gilroy is best known for his work on the Jason Bourne franchise and was brought on to help the dialogue and scenes for the reshoots on the film with an estimated budget of $200,000 a week. This is actually not far off track for well-known writers of Hollywood blockbusters. His original work began in June of 2016 and was upped to having a leading role in the post production of the film by August. It didn’t end there as he kept working until the Fall though the reshoots based off of his work fixing several issues with the film as well as how the ending played out.

With Disney having paid billions for the rights to ‘Star Wars’ and how much they are likely to make off of this film the amount is a drop in the bucket for the studio but for the rest of us, let’s all congratulate Tony Gilroy on one hell of a payday. Assuming, of course, his story that takes place in a galaxy far far away is captivating to audiences the world over.

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From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,’ an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, with Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel are producing, with John Knoll and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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