Disclaimer: This post contains spoilers for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Prior to the release of last year’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, there were numerous rumors regarding the reshoots of that movie. Obviously, in recent years, reshoots have become a normal and necessary part of blockbusters, however, having several weeks of reshoots that reportedly resulted nearly half the film being reshot didn’t seem to bode well for the Star Wars spinoff.
But what changes would they be making? My cynical side assumed it had to do with a bummer ending. With a film like Rogue One, it would seem unlikely there would be any real survivors, otherwise it would be difficult to justify their absence in the subsequent Star Wars films. While killing off the leads of the film seemed like the natural way to go, would Lucasfilm actually allow it?
If you’ve seen the movie, you know that despite the reshoots, the answer was a resounding yes. Despite their dedication to making family friendly films, Disney did indeed allow for that bummer of an ending. Speaking with ComicBook.com, one of the film’s writers, Gary Whitta, discussed his shock at Disney accepting the ending.
“I never believed that they would let us kill off all the characters in the film. That was our original instinct. The very first meeting with Gareth I remember saying, ‘I kind of feel like they all need to die, but there's no way Lucas ... There's no way Disney'll let us do that. We can't kill everybody. It's a Disney movie.’ And yet, they were fully supportive of it, and it's actually one of the coolest things about the film.”
Indeed, despite the fact that them all dying was a bit of a bummer, from a creative standpoint, it makes perfect sense. This is war, and these are broken people being sent in on what is essentially a suicide mission. You can’t do that and completely whitewash the ending. In doing so, you would completely strip away the sacrifice these characters made for the Rebellion, as well as the formidability of the Empire.
It was a great move, and by the time the credits rolled, like Whitta, I was awestruck that Disney had allowed them to make such a risky move on a property that is generally deemed suitable for all ages.
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