The usual timeline for composing a film score is two to three months, so four and a half weeks would have left Giacchino with a race against the clock. Indeed, the composer admits that it wasn’t a particularly realistic schedule for such a major film, and that the time constraints were a source of stress:
“It’s not really [enough time]… But you work with the time you have. I’m pretty good at focusing and getting down to business. I saw the film and I really, really, really enjoyed it, so there was no lack of ideas or inspiration, that’s for sure. The only worry the whole time for me was just the schedule… Part of me was stressing out about the timeline. But the other part of me was just like, ‘This is the greatest thing ever! This is so much fun!’”
Although Rogue One features infamous Star Wars villain Darth Vader, as well as a few other familiar faces, it arguably has more to prove than last years Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla), the film is a prequel to the original Star Wars, starring Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso, a Rebel tasked with stealing the plans for the Death Star. Rogue One underwent extensive reshoots to get it ready for release, but fans could be forgiven for thinking that the score was something of an afterthought, given Giacchino’s account.