We all know there is an extremely high level of secrecy for all parties involved (cast, crew, you name it) when working on a new Lucasfilm project. But to what lengths does Lucasfilm go to in order to ensure the highest possible level of secrecy? Rogue One writer Gary Whitta gives us a little taste by sharing a few details on how he came to be attached to the first planned Star Wars standalone film.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story screenwriter Gary Whitta recently revealed some details during a spotlight panel at Salt Lake Comic Con’s FanX 2017 (via the Good Men Project), illustrating the many different precautions Lucasfilm takes when dealing with creative aspects of future films.
“Working for Lucasfilm is like working for the CIA,” Whitta revealed.
Whitta relayed a story about how he got the gig to write the Rogue One script. Lucasfilm SVP for Development Kiri Hart contacted him and informed him a password-protected document was being sent over.
After receiving the document, he’d get an phone call with a 16-digit passcode to unlock it. Whitta remained in his house for most of the day anticipating the call except for five minutes—that’s when the call came. He ran back inside ony to find a voicemail saying they’d try calling again on Monday.
Whitta said he “spent the whole weekend bouncing off walls” and even tried to guess the document’s passcode to no avail.
When he finally got the call and the password, Whitta unlocked the document only to find that the project was for a feature film, a project that would eventually become Rogue One.