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Chris Weitz hired to rewrite 1st Spin off

Discussion in 'Rogue One' started by guywalker, Jan 27, 2015.

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    Yeah, his screenwriting work is not impressive IMO:

    Antz
    Nutty Professor II: The Klumps
    About a Boy
    The Golden Compass
    Cinderlla

    It feels like Disney tapped one of its Mickey Mouse Club writers instead of hiring someone who is suited for the project
     
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    That was my initial thought too, but maybe he's just kinda there to proof read the script Gary Whitta did. Maybe much of it is complete, and he's just rounding the edges?
     
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    His work is pretty sketchy overall (The Golden Compass and a Twlight movie? Ouch...), but the fact that he's an Oscar nominated writer is reassuring.
     
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    Twilight: New Moon was not written by Weitz, he only directed it.

    Actually I really like his writing credits - AntZ, The Golden Compass (also a director) and About a Boy. Keep in mind that he wrote The Nutty Proffesor 2 together with 6 other writers. So I wouldn’t count it as his credit (thankfully).
    I think he is a good addition to the movie.
     
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    Professional writers like his often get bad reputations off the rewrites they are brought in to do. As Viral mentioned, something like nutty professor has 6 writers. Who knows how much of what he wrote was in there and which parts they were.

    At this point I'd bet he is just there to tweak and do a punch up on Whitta's script. They are already casting off Whitta's script, so that would indicate no significant character or plot changes will occur. Rumors were that Whitta's script was too expensive. So, if Weitz is there to tone down some action scenes and give some spark to the dialogue, then I don't see why this is something to be worried about. Not really something as exciting as we'd all like, but it doesn't worry me.

    Antz and About a Boy are pretty solid writing credits. And if I remember my single viewing of it correctly, the vast problems with Golden compass were based mainly on over production and the clear attempt for a quick cash grab post LOTR. I don't remember the writing being all that horrible, but like I said, I only saw it the one time.
     
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    I have to respectfully disagree about him being a good addition.
     
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    Of course. It's a personal opinion. I do love those 3 movies.
     
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    If Weitz was brought in to completely rewrite the script from scratch then I'd be very unhappy with it. But if it's like @Max Rebo said and he's basically just there to tone some things down from Whittas script and make it less expensive to shoot, then I suppose it won't be "his" script per say. I just hope that Disney didn't choose him because he was already under contract with them.
     
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    @Viral Hide Do you think he is a good fit to write STAR WARS though? I just have to wonder...
     
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    Don't forget that Gary Whitta already did the heavy lifting.
     
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    Makes you wonder if there aren't any talented new writers out there who could really kill it given total freedom to do what they want within the Star Wars galaxy. You could do basically anything in that galaxy, from spaghetti westerns to heist movies, classic tragedies and hard sci fi.
    These standalone films could be as experimental as Disney want them to be but all we've heard so far is rumours of yet again the same characters returning (the forever shrinking galaxy), cutting costs and the hiring of screenwriters that do not instill much enthusiasm. The reception to the hiring of both Whitta and Weitz was quite lukewarm.

    I'm much more optimistic about episode 7.
     
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    I totally agree that it feels like they aren't willing to take any risks with the Spin offs...though it is too early to truly tell. I am more optimistic about Kinberg/Trank's Spin off
     
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    Cinderella, Twilight Saga: New Moon, his brother was involved in the first American Pie Movie.
    Don’t get me wrong people, but this doesn’t sound any good.
    About a Boy was not a great film either, or I don't like that kind of movies.
    Where are they getting all this strange writers from?
    Is there a second hand shop in a basement in Hollywood, for has beens and pseudo writers?
    First Whitta, now this guy.
    Alright give him a chance but I have a bad feeling nontheless.
    One thing I know for sure, the first spin off movie will benefit from the hype that Episode VII started.
    Maybe that is their goal, that every spin off is swimming in the hype of the previous shown Episode VII, VIII and IX.
    The Sequel Trilogy have to be better good, if they are planning this risky route to go.
    I don't know if Disney thinks that high prestige is all they need to get credit.
    For me it currently sounds that Disney wants to save some money on the making of the spin off movies.
    After the first spin off, just speculate it flops, then they have to push good work out of their pipeline or the cinemas will be empty in the next installment.
    It could possible hurt Episode VIII too at the Box Office.
    Is there someone in the Cantina who agrees with me, or I'am totally wrong on this?
     
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    You bring up good points, from an outside perspective it seems that Disney may be trying to keep the spinoff movies, atleast the first one cheap.
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    Chris Weitz was most likely brought on to edit the script to the way Disney Corporate wanted it to be,
    Thats one way you get plot holes. I remember hearing a rumor or a news post about them making changes to the script
    so that the movie would be cheaper.
     
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