It’s pretty much par for the course for any blockbuster to go through reshoots of some sort. In the decade or so since these large tentpole films have become a huge part of the film diet the average moviegoer consumes, studios have learned to incorporate these reshoots into their budget and schedules. Inevitably, no matter how well planned a film is, there are always complications that arise during the filmmaking process. Perhaps they weren’t able to get all the shots they need, or perhaps while in the editing room they realized they needed a transitional scene in order for the film to make better sense.
Regardless, it’s become common practice, and yet when rumors circulate about a film needing far more reshoots than is normal, fans and outlets start to panic. I won’t say that it was completely unjustified. After all, while reshoots are normal, it’s not usually a good sign when we hear rumors of as much as half of a movie getting reshot, and it’s an even worse sign when you hear rumors of another creative coming in to “oversee” the reshoots themselves.
Such was the case with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Even our own sources close to the project confirmed the scuttlebutt about the film getting far more reshoots than you’d expect.
But at the end of the day, it’s hard to accept anything as fact until there is some real confirmation from an official source. While we don’t expect Lucasfilm to make any real comment on this in the near future, a new report from THR seems to corroborate with the idea of extensive reshoots.
According to the outlet, Tony Gilroy, who was hired to rewrite and oversee these reshoots for Rogue One, is set to pocket more than $5 million for his hard work. In fact, he was being paid $200,000 a week, and as the work needed expanded, so did the cash he’d ultimately end up pocketing.
As implied above, this isn’t the first we’ve heard of big changes for the film. When Rogue One was first pitched to audiences, director Gareth Edwards emphasized the dark, war movie aspect to the whole thing. Upon seeing the finished film, it’s not unreasonable to think that Lucasfilm intervened, hoping to soften the more hard-hitting aspects of the film and give it that Star Wars sheen we’re all so used to.
Granted, the intent behind these reshoots is still largely speculation, but assuming it's all true, will this end up working in their favor? We’ll have to wait a few more weeks to see the finished product and decide for ourselves, but I know I’m not alone in my curiosity to see the true vision Edwards had. But such is the way with filmmaking.
What do you think of this news? Does this ruin any confidence you had in the film, and does it worry you that every Star Wars film will ultimately be destined to feel the same? Let us know your thoughts down below!
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on December 16, 2016.
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