UPDATE 01.18.16 - BirthMoviesDeath is now confirming our scoop from October of last year. The original story is below.
It turns out "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" and "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" had more in common than the word "Rogue." According to one of our sources, "M:I5" director Christopher McQuarrie, did a two week pass on "Rogue One"s script
With yesterday’s new poster for Star Wars The Force Awakens featuring another planet-sized battle station, the term “new Death Star” started popping up around the internet. But until we get more facts from tonight’s new trailer, we can focus on the upcoming "Star Wars Story" we know features a Death Star: "Rogue One."
Gareth Edwards is directing the movie right now for release in December next year, though we’ve been tracking the so-called first “spin-off film” for over a year already. When Edwards was announced as director, Gary Whitta was the writer attached to the script that would tell the story about the Rebellion’s theft of the plans for the first Death Star. At the beginning of this year, Whitta revealed that he was no longer on the project, and rumors that Simon Kinberg would take over were silenced when Chris Weitz (who scripted Disney’s live-action "Cinderella") took over "Rogue One"s screenplay leading up to production.
We’re not sure when in the process Christopher McQuarrie did a two-week polish on the script. This summer he finished up "Rogue Nation" faster than he planned when Paramount Pictures moved the shooting date forward, so it is hard to picture two free weeks of writing happening then. Regardless of when, having the writer of "The Usual Suspects" and "The Edge of Tomorrow" beef up the story of Rogue One is something to be thrilled about.