A few weeks back, the news that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story would undergo around five weeks of reshoots this summer set the fan and internet community on fire. 99.9% of the reaction going around was that the film was in huge trouble, with the finishing product being a disappointment. Mass hysteria! But is that really the case?
The rumors, not reports, but rumors have been anywhere from a complete tonal shift to reshooting 40% of the film. But lo and behold, after weeks of the rumor mill spinning and many of the rumors debunked, it seems this situation isn’t as big as first thought. Most major films or blockbuster go through reshoots, but because this film has Star Wars in the title, it becomes the center of the universe. And while we’ve had multiple sources, even cast members come out and reassure that Rogue One is in fact “the same film,” today finally brought word from those in charge, director Gareth Edwards and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy.
While speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Edwards explained that the reshoots were always part of the plan from the beginning:
I mean it was always part of the plan to do reshoots. 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 continued by saying that no major scenes will be reshot and that, for the most part, the reshoots include adding moments to scene, helping certain sequences flow better. He finished by adding that getting the ensemble cast back together was their biggest hurdle, as well as what he took away from this entire situation:
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.
It’s funny, making a film stops you believing anything you’ve ever read on the Internet.
Meanwhile, Kathleen Kennedy backed her director, insisting that the story itself isn’t changing and that it still will feature the war story, Band of Brothers style tone promised at last year’s Star Wars Celebration: “There’s nothing about the story that’s changing, with a few things that we’re picking up in additional photography,” she said. “I think that’s the most important thing, to reassure fans that it’s the movie we intended to make.”
She also mentioned that being spinoffs, they’re embracing the opportunity to shift from the saga stories with style, genres, and even certain iconic elements that have been a staple of the franchise to this point:
One of the things we’re doing with these Star Wars stories is embracing the uniqueness of the different genres, and we’re very deliberately leaning 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. Gareth has shown a stylistic preference that’s much more handheld, visceral, inside-the-action kind of feel.
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.
So what do you think? Do you still believe that the reshoots are extensive? Have you ever believed they are? What do you think Edwards and Kennedy’s comments? Sound off in the comments below! Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters December 16th, 2016 and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, and Mads Mikkelsen.