The stories about reshoots for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story just keep coming and this time, MakingStarWars.net has weighed in with some interesting details about those scheduled changes.
- Some crew initially heard J.J. Abrams was supervising the reshoots.
- Gareth Edwards is doing the reshoots himself but with a partner, Christopher McQuarrie.
- Christopher McQuarrie, the final writer on Rogue One will be working extensively with Edwards onset to make sure they’re on the “same page” with the most recent draft of the film.
- Christopher McQuarrie’s draft of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was considered superior to the film they shot previously.
- It was not Edwards’ fault as McQuarrie’s draft wasn’t completed when much of the film was shot and revisions kept coming in that made the film feel uneven.
- 32 sets have been recreated for the reshoot.
- The crew expects they are reshooting 40% of the film.
- They are working 6 days a week for 8 weeks.
We have been hearing for a long time that their were numerous rewrites and script changes for this film since early last year. Gareth Edwards did have one hell of a juggling act dealing with a story that was not yet finished when the camera’s began rolling. This isn’t the first time this has happened with a film and it won’t be the last. A talented team of writers can do wonders on the fly and make a script work to a successful conclusion. However, there are those times when a project can go sour, as witnessed by Peter Jackson and The Hobbit. This new detail about Christopher McQuarrie’s script and its impact on the film cannot be overstated. I’m sure the great writing talents of Gary Whitta, Chris Weitz and Scott Burns will have some small mark in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but it’s usually the clean up batter that ends up hitting the grand slam. Christopher McQuarrie’s script was last to be put into play and perhaps the reshoots that need to be made, are to change those scenes still reflecting the older script. Whether it’s dialogue that feels off or key scenes that need to change, the entire narrative has to gel. I believe this closer to the truth, than how tone and the dreariness of war were the reasons for the reshoots.
When news like this drops its easy to get caught in the tunnel vision of doomsayers, instead of looking at the bigger picture. The overwhelming message from this story is that there is a dedicated commitment to make this an incredible film. From the added grueling set rebuilds to the millions of dollars on the table, the Stakeholders are determined to see it be a great film. Moreover it’s important to point out, that they will be doing it with Gareth Edwards, which speaks volumes to his credibility as a talented filmmaker. If Edwards was a problem, he wouldn’t be conducting the reshoots. If his vision wasn’t being built into this film, he wouldn’t be there. Moreover, when a real debacle of a film run aground surfaces, there is usually lots of smoke coming from lots of fires from the production. From vocal Actors protecting their reputations to set builders complaining about impossible schedules. In this case, there is few sources within Disney and not much else.
Now what this will mean for the marketing and print side of things is another matter of course. From a possible trailer at Celebration Europe being on the rocks or books possibly being delayed, somethings have to give. But have faith that professionals know how to pivot, grit their teeth and get it done. This isn’t meant to be a fluff or Ra! Ra! pom pom piece as I truly believe this story is good news. As a PM on large multi-year projects, I know first hand how you can’t react to something that’s history and major changes are part and parcel of building great things. What I see here is text book professionalism at its best. So please folks, stop worrying and learn to love the reshoots.