Tony Gilroy who rewrote and redirected about 40% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is aboard the Cassian Andor Disney+ series according to Variety. This is good news as he tied the entire film together. Does this mean the rumors that Gareth Edwards was aboard was nothing more than a credit for his initial work on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story? Either way, Gilroy is back and directing a lot of it.
Gilroy is set to write the pilot for the series in addition to directing multiple episodes. He will work alongside Stephen Schiff, who remains onboard as showrunner. No official premiere date has been set, but Disney had previously indicated the show would debut in 2021.
What I found interesting is that for the last several weeks there appears to have been some kind of drag on the series. There were days it was looking like it was canceled. On the last episode of Now, This is Podcasting!, we asked that very question based on what we were hearing about the lack of activity. If you look at the top of the Variety article it appears they were working on the same story at one time (quickly highlighted in pink below):
That’s good news the series is still on. I’m glad as I want to see what a spy series set in the Star Wars galaxy is like on screen. I hope the magic of the film is captured in the show and we get a lot of what made that film work overall several hours.
At this point we have two seasons of The Mandalorian, Obi-Wan, and Cassian Andor to look forward to on Disney+ which isn’t too shabby. I hope they add more shows because if the shows have the quality of the films, as fans we actually get more out of the live action television releases than the films themselves.