Back before the current age of blockbusters that we live in, reshoots were considered to be a kiss of death. If a film crew didn’t capture everything they needed the first time, it was a sign that they were making things up as they went, or that they discovered a huge problem in the editing room. To go back for reshoots meant they were scrambling to cover up some inherent flaw in the story.
But things have changed. Nowadays, most blockbusters schedule reshoots far in advance and include them in the production budget. When producing such big budget fare, it makes sense to give some extra room to make improvements, right?
Indeed, reshoots have become the norm, but every so often, there is a film that is allegedly reshooting more than just a few scenes here and there. Occasionally, we catch wind of productions that are having to add millions of dollars to their budget in hopes of shifting the tone or story of the film. Such was the case with Suicide Squad, and such is the case with the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
While it’s difficult to say just how much the film was reshot, our sources have previously indicated that all rumors surrounding the more-than-normal reshoots are true. But of course, that’s never the last word.
Speaking with THR, Rogue One star Felicity Jones addressed the reshoots, essentially stating that the story was only news because of the name Star Wars attached to it:
“Obviously when you come to the edit, you see the film come together and you think, ‘Actually, we could do this better, and this would make more sense if we did this.’ I’ve done it so many times. I mean, you wouldn’t just give your first draft on this story, would you?”
“I’m sure if you picked up the phone and called every single large, technical movie and said, ‘You ever gone in and done reshoots?’ they’d all say, ‘Oh God, yes.’ So why has it turned into a big story? Because it’s Star Wars, and they put a spotlight and scrutinize every single thing that gets done. But it was always planned and nothing unusual.”
Chances are we’ll never really know how much was reshot. Unless the movie comes out and is terrible, there’s a good chance that this rumor will just disappear into the abyss. If the movie turns out terribly, however, the rumors will likely be seen to contain more than just a grain of salt.
What do you think? Do you think Rogue One contained more than its fair share of reshoots? Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below!
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