Earlier this summer, the Star Wars fandom was sent into a spiral of panic when it was revealed that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first anthology film in the now Disney-owned era of the property, would be undergoing what many reports described as an extensive amount of reshoots for the film, something many fans took to mean that the original cut of the movie completely didn’t work and Lucasfilm was scrambling to try and fix their film before its December release.
This didn’t help either when more, later proven to be false reports were released that said humor was being added to make the film lighter in tone and more in line with the Original Trilogy, where another strange report said that other filmmakers like Christopher McQuarrie and Tony Gilroy, who worked on the film’s script, were being brought in to work with Edwards on the reshoots, though McQuarrie quickly took to social media to disprove the rumors.
However, in a new brief column on Deadline, Mike Fleming Jr. mentions that apparently Gilroy, who helmed The Bourne Legacy and was said to have worked on the Rogue One script was actually the one behind the camera on the reshoots calling the shots. It’s an odd report, but is even stranger when you take into account that Edwards was just at Star Wars Celebration Europe promoting the movie, with a sizzle reel that put a heavy focus on his direction of the film.
THR goes on to add though, that in addition to directing the reshoots, apparently Gilroy has also taken over charge on the final edit of the film as well, with Edwards still having input and being “the face” of the film, but Gilroy essentially steering the ship from here on out:
Gilroy … became the driving force behind Rogue One’s extensive, recently wrapped reshoots, which ran around five weeks. Now he is said to be ‘supervising’ the edit with input from Edwards, who scored the Rogue One job after his 2014 Godzilla reboot impressed Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy. Edwards, 40, remains very much involved and still is the face of the movie, appearing at Star Wars Celebration in mid-July.
Now, Gilroy’s involvement has been talked about numerous times from even those in Lucasfilm regarding the project, so it’s not like his involvement comes as a surprise, as much as the idea of him being the one to direct the reshoots is. That just doesn’t seem to make much sense with what we’ve heard so far about the film, and if it is true, could be worrying.
All of this should be taken with a grain of salt for the time being though, as most of these Rogue One rumors should be. You’d think, that if Edwards really was having problems with Lucasfilm though, we’d know about it in some way, and you really don’t have to look much further than what happened with director Josh Trank when he was removed from his Star Wars solo film for an example of that, with an appearance at Celebration last year abruptly cancelled and he officially being removed from the project several weeks later.
Considering how tight-lipped Lucasfilm tends to be with their work behind-the-scenes, I imagine we won’t really know what the deal was with the Rogue One reshoots for quite some time, if ever. Here’s to hoping though, that we won’t even be able to notice them in the actual movie itself, something that I’m slightly less sure about thanks to this new Gilroy-related rumor. I guess for now, as we wait on the second official trailer for the film though, we’ll just have to sit back and see how this all unfolds in the coming months.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set to hit theatres on December 16th.
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