RUMOR ALERT: The information presented in this article is based on RUMORS so take everything with a grain of salt.
It seems folks are quite concerned about the ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ reshoots, despite the fact that reshoots are a regular part of the filmmaking process.
As Disney previously stated when the reshoots were announced:
The filmmaking team and the studio always anticipated additional shooting and second unit work to make the film the absolute best it can be, and the actors were aware there would be additional shooting. Coming off ‘The Force Awakens,’ there’s an incredibly high bar for this movie and we have a responsibility to the franchise and to the fans to deliver the best possible movie we can.
The last reports were that the reshoots were to give this anthology film a tone that was closer to that of previous ‘Star Wars’ films, as it seems that director Gareth Edwards’ first cut was too much like a “war movie” (i.e. too dark), lacking the optimism and sense of hope of the existing movies.
What we know for a FACT is that these reshoots will begin in mid-June and should take up to six weeks.
The rest of this? Grain of salt.
- There was some talk that ‘The Force Awakens’ director J.J. Abrams would oversee these reshoots. This is highly suspect as Abrams has made it clear that he’s done with the franchise, except for executive producing.
- ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’ writer/director Christopher McQuarrie was brought on board to rework the script after it had already begun filming. Allegedly he “saved” the script but the new material didn’t fit with what had already been shot, and at that point, that was most of the film.
- 40% of ‘Rogue One’ will be reshot with 32 different sets being recreated.
The first bit about Abrams taking over sounds like complete hogwash, so I would just forget that.
The news of McQuarrie’s involvement has now been debunked by McQuarrie himself on Twitter…
Attn: bloggers. I’m reading some horseshit rumors tonight. You know where to find me. Do your jobs.
— ChristopherMcQuarrie (@chrismcquarrie) June 3, 2016
… and in a statement to /Film:
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.
As for the 40%, if that’s true… WOW. Not good but also a large stretch. Previous insiders seemed to paint the picture that the reshoots were just to lighten things up and make them feel more “Star Wars.” But 40% is major reworking!
Is it time to start panicking? No, but it is time to start sifting out the rumors before painting a picture that ‘Rogue One’ is in trouble.
What do you think?
Directed by Gareth Edwards, ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ stars Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Ben Mendelsohn, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Forest Whitaker, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, and Jiang Wen and will fly into theaters on December 16th, 2016.