Rogue One: A Star Wars Story needs reshoots, that much we know. From there, things get murky. Numerous sources have reported the reshoots are required to fix serious issues with the film’s tone, but Disney insists they’re just a regular part of making a mega blockbuster like Rogue One.
Well, Making Star Wars, a source of reliable rumors in the past, stepped into the fray yesterday with some new details, and they definitely don’t jive with Disney’s “everything’s fine, don’t panic” narrative. Apparently the reshoots are going to be a major undertaking, with plans in place to re-do nearly 40 percent of the movie over an eight-week period.
The site also reported that writer/director Christopher McQuarrie (Edge of Tomorrow, Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation) would be on set to help director Gareth Edwards reshape Rogue One. McQuarrie immediately shot that rumor down in no uncertain terms…
If there are reshoots on Rogue One, I’m not supervising them. For any outlet to say so is not only wrong, it’s irresponsible. Gareth Edwards is a talented filmmaker who deserves the benefit of the doubt. Making a film — let alone a Star Wars chapter — is hard enough without the internet trying to deliberately downgrade one’s years of hard work. Who does that even serve? Let him make his movie in peace.
So, Christopher McQuarrie isn’t in on the reshoots. He did write an early, unused draft of Rogue One‘s script, so he isn’t completely uninvolved, but we’ll take his word for it. If the McQuarrie bit is untrue, does that mean the rumors about 40 percent of the film being reshot are also out?
The first trailer for Rogue One was fantastic, but admittedly it didn’t quite have that classic Star Wars tone, so it’s hard to know where to stand on these reshoot rumors. All I know is, I’m fascinated to see what we get when Rogue One: A Star Wars Story infiltrates theaters on Dec. 16.