Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was a very problematic production for Lucasfilm. Despite its eventual success, there was a lot of negative buzz surrounding the film nearing its release. One of our sources at the time was one of many to confirm that the studio had to go in and reshoot 50 percent of the film, and while Gareth Edwards would be the credited director, the reshoots were being helmed by industry vet Tony Gilroy.
At the time, it was rumored that the studio gave him millions to rework the story, and while no one has publicly opened up about this, it’s largely been accepted as fact. Now, Gilroy himself opened up about the whole ordeal with The Moment with Brian Koppelman, and speaking on the podcast, went so far as to express his overall disinterest in the project when approached.
“I’ve never been interested in Star Wars, ever. So I had no reverence for it whatsoever. I was unafraid about that. And they were in such a swamp … they were in so much terrible, terrible trouble that all you could do was improve their position.”
So how did he improve their position? How as he able to find the main crux of the issue?
“If you look at Rogue, all the difficulty with Rogue, all the confusion of it, and all the smart people and all the mess, and in the end when you get in there, it’s actually very, very simple to solve. Because you sort of go, this is a movie where, ‘Folks, just look. Everyone is going to die.’ So it’s a movie about sacrifice.”
This approach really worked for audiences. If you look at the film objectively, it doesn’t really work incredibly well narratively thanks to its passive lead and series of coincidences, but as a visceral piece of filmmaking it certainly does work. Some may argue it’s the least Star Wars film to date, and it’s something Gilroy himself believes.
“It doesn’t appeal to me, but I don’t think Rogue really is a Star Wars movie in many ways. To me, it’s a Battle of Britain movie.”
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