CBR.com and Collider are reporting that Disney strongly considered shutting down production on the Disney+ Cassian Andor series before they brought in uncredited Rogue One writer Tony Gilroy to write the pilot episode.
According to Collider editor-in-chief Steven Weintraub, pre-production on the Disney+ series had been shuttered for weeks over dissatisfaction regarding the miniseries’ story and scripts. Before news of the cancellation went public, Tony Gilroy signed on to write the pilot episode for the series.
I’d heard the Cassian Andor series was shut down a few weeks ago & everyone working on it was sent home. Heard the story/scripts weren’t good enough. Was getting ready to write a story about what I’d been hearing & the news about Tony Gilroy hit. Wonder what day he was hired 2/2 https://t.co/aQtosuhWLW
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) October 16, 2019
Gilroy worked as a co-writer on the 2016 Star Wars spinoff film. He also directed the film’s extensive re-shoots uncredited. Gilroy would later claim that the project “was in terrible, terrible trouble,” prompting Lucasfilm to approach him for help.
Disney confirmed a Cassian Andor Disney+ miniseries was in development, with Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk reprising their respective Rogue One roles as Cassian and K-2SO. A report last year indicated that principal photography was slated to begin this October. With reports of trouble behind-the-scenes, this is likely no longer the case. It is similarly unknown if The Americans producer Stephen Schiff has been replaced as the miniseries showrunner.
The unnamed Cassian Andor Disney+ series will star Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk, and we will share more news on this project when we can.