One of the biggest stories of this week was the news that “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” was set to shortly undergo reshoots following a studio screening of the film.
Those reports indicated that execs had issues with the darker tone and wanted something lighter and more “four quadrant friendly”. As a result the additional filming, which is par for the course with most blockbusters these days, is set to be more extensive than usual. How extensive and what they entail is where all the rumors are running rampant right now.
Yesterday’s report at Making Star Wars got people talking as it made some bold claims – that the reshoots will take eight weeks and involve up to 40% of the film being redone. Added to that Christopher McQuarrie would be working extensively with director Gareth Edwards onset to make sure they’re on the “same page”.
“If there are any reshoots on Rogue One, I’m not supervising them. For any outlet to say so is not only wrong, it’s irresponsible. Gareth Edwards is a talented filmmaker who deserves the benefit of the doubt. Making a film – let alone a Star Wars chapter – is hard enough without the internet trying to deliberately downgrade one’s years of hard work. Who does that even serve? Let him make his movie in peace.”
Today, anonymous sources from the production and Lucasfilm have spoken to EW in an attempt to calm the fuss over the reshoots. The report claims that Jason Bourne series scribe and “Michael Clayton” writer/director Tony Gilroy has been brought onboard.
Gilroy is said to be trusted by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and has been hired to consult on multiple Star Wars projects. With Rogue One, his job is said to involve giving notes on the first cut and penning some new material – essentially the exact same thing he did on Edwards’ “Godzilla” reboot.
Their sources say despite reports, the film is still very different in tone to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and these reshoots won’t change that – instead they’re character scenes that “all take place [as inserts] within scenes we’ve already shot.” They also don’t come close to reshooting 40% of the film, as if that were the case the release date would be pushed back.
For now the film remains on track for a December 16th release worldwide.