It is almost hard to believe that with the number of reports that have come out surrounding Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, there hasn’t been a trailer. Cross your fingers we will see something come out of Star Wars Celebration next month. But in the meantime there is still the matter of addressing those reshoots that will be taking place.
With social media spreading news (and rumors) in a matter of seconds, the creative minds behind the film are most likely to hear of it. Screenwriter Christopher McQuarrieeven addressed these rumors in a blunt manner. Now those very close to the film are talking about it, and hopefully, they can reassure you that everything will be fine. More on the story below.
Once again, the news comes to us directly from Entertainment Weekly. As reported, these reshoots have been scheduled far in advance. Whenever there is a film like Star Wars, you can bet studios plan to have reshoots done. While it had been rumored that 40% of the film would be reshot, the truth of it is that there will only be five weeks worth of reshoots, all of it leading up to Celebration in London next month.
When the original rumor broke, it was said that studio execs were unhappy with the reactions from the first test screening, and that there would be expensive reshoots in order to fix the film’s tone from a ground war feel to a more classic feel. The truth is, there have been no test screenings, in fact, no one from the public has seen it, and the only one who has is Disney CEO Alan Horn. The site also confirms that the Lucasfilm in-house brain trust have also seen the film and “felt Rogue One needed to punch up its emotion and action beats.”
As for the script, Tony Gilroy has done a pass to write some additional dialogue and has acted as a second unit director.
While McQuarrie has already spoken out about his involvement in the film, we haven’t heard about those closely tied to it. Director Gareth Edwards said that reshoots were always a part of the plan. “We always knew we were coming back somewhere to do stuff. We just didn’t know what it would be until we started sculpting the film in the edit,” he says.
It was previously reported the purpose of these reshoots was to fix “clarity and character development” and “all take place [as inserts] within scenes we’ve already shot.” But the biggest issue is that getting everyone, who has since moved on when principal photography was completed, back together for the group moments.
“Obviously, you’ve got to work around everyone’s schedule, and everyone’s on different films all over the world, and so it’s a bit of a logistical nightmare. That’s why I think it’s been blown out of proportion a little bit.”
But if there is one thing that Edwards can get out of all the reshoot rumor snafu, it’s this:
“It’s funny, making a film stops you believing anything you’ve ever read on the Internet.”
Well, at least he is taking everything that has been reported very lightly.
One thing is clear, the film will not lose the Black Hawk Down and Band of Brothers tone that we saw in the teaser trailer. That will in fact stay. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy says these individual Star Wars stories embraces the “uniqueness of the different genres,” and they deliberately play “into the various styles of directors that we’re approaching so that each of these movies will very intentionally have a very different tone and style from the saga films.” She goes on to praise Edwards’ vision saying it was perfect for the visceral ground war approach that was originally pitched by ILM visual effects supervisor John Knoll.
After these reshoots, the film heads straight for editing, which is locked for August. Alexandre Desplat will then work on the score and the sound effects will be added in September.
Finally, there is the matter of the opening crawl. The opening crawl has been a staple of the Star Wars films, helping set up the story for the preceding film. Here’s what Kennedy had to say about that:
“We talk about that all the time. It’s something that we’re right in the midst of discussing even now, so I don’t want to say definitively what we’re doing. The crawl and some of those elements live so specifically within the ‘saga’ films that we are having a lot of discussion about what will define the [stand-alone] Star Wars Stories separate and apart from the saga films. So we’re right in the middle of talking about that.”
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters December 16, 2016.