These reports on studios ordering reshoots seems to be more of a cautionary tale not because there are issues with the original director’s cut, but the fact that studio interference might cause more problems despite their good intentions to deliver an entertaining product. Those reshoots for Suicide Squad may have proven to be disastrous, we don’t know, we haven’t seen the movie, but based on critics’ reactions those reshoots may have done more harm than good. So when reports of reshoots for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story were reported, there wasn’t any immediate concern because we would normally treat reshoots as something that was already planned in advance.
Now there are reports that uncredited writer Tony Gilroy (The Bourne Legacy, Michael Clayton) has been tapped to help the editing process with director Gareth Edwards adding his input. Whether or not his vision will stay intact or they are just saying he is on board because the studio wants to avoid a conflict with the DGA remains to be seen. But Rogue One‘s behind-the-scenes drama doesn’t seem to be over quite yet. More on the story below.
THR was the first to report on the story where a close source tells them that Edwards is still very much the face of the movie despite Gilroy now “supervising” the editing process. As you may recall, Gilroy was brought on board to help rewrite some of the issues with the script and was the “driving force” behind the five-week reshoot, which wrapped up not too long ago.
But this may not be as much of studio interference as you might think. For one thing, Gilroy has a working relationship with Frank Marshall, who is husband to Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, who is serving as a producer on Rogue One. Gilroy and Marshall have worked together on the Bourne films. He has also worked with Edwards on Godzilla. So it’s not as though Disney is bringing in random people to work on this film. “There are not two separate editing rooms; they are all in there with their ideas,” says one source close to the production. “Tony’s a strong force, but they’re all working together.”
So it has been a collaborative process, which is a small sigh of relief. The Hollywood Trade says that Rogue One doesn’t look like it will repeat the same mistakes studios have made when they interfered. While we probably won’t be raising any alarms anytime soon, the finger is very close to the button given the track record for studio-ordered reshoots.
We’ll keep you posted on any developments should they come in.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters on December 16, 2016.