Rumor: ‘Rogue One’ Reshoots Will Have Some Help From Christopher McQuarrie
UPDATE: /Film spoke with Christopher McQuarrie, who issued this statement about the Rogue One reshoot rumors:
If there are any 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.
Over the last couple of days there’s been a bit of news regarding reshoots on Rogue One, with the initial report claiming that Disney is unhappy with Gareth Edwards’ cut of the Star Wars anthology film. Subsequent reports revealed what many already suspected: it’s just your usual run of reshoots to retool and fine-tune some things, mostly to lighten the tone. And according to a new rumor, while Disney may not be outright displeased with Rogue One, the reshoots may be a bit more involved than we thought.
Although Making Star Wars has a fair track record when it comes to their reporting on the franchise, take these updates with the usual grain of salt. Their sources claim that Lucasfilm initially wanted J.J. Abrams to oversee the reshoots, but Abrams is reportedly done with Star Wars for the time being and has moved on to other projects.
That said, the studio is said to have brought in Christopher McQuarrie to help Edwards with the reshoot process, which makes sense given his (uncredited) involvement in rewriting the Rogue One script. The Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation filmmaker reportedly “saved” the screenplay, which also sounds plausible as McQuarrie has done plenty of script doctoring on movies like World War Z and The Wolverine.
The site also claims that McQuarrie’s rewrites weren’t complete until Edwards had already finished shooting much of the film, causing somewhat of a clash between what Edwards filmed based on McQuarrie’s material and what he had shot from the previously existing draft.
And again, keep in mind that reshoots are a normal part of the filmmaking process. Studios build extra time into the production schedule for additional filming, especially on big budget projects. Making Star Wars claims, however, that Edwards is reshooting about 40 percent of Rogue One — that’s not a small amount, but Disney has maintained that the film will meet its December release date.
Here’s Disney’s official statement about the reshoots:
The filmmaking team and the studio always anticipated additional shooting and second unit work to make the film the absolute best it can be, and the actors were aware there would be additional shooting. Coming off ‘The Force Awakens,’ there’s an incredibly high bar for this movie and we have a responsibility to the franchise and to the fans to deliver the best possible movie we can.
The most important piece of info in this latest report is McQuarrie — if he’s actually involved with the reshoots, then we really don’t have anything to worry about. This is the guy that gave us Rogue Nation and Jack Reacher. Short of getting Tom Cruise to put on a Stormtrooper outfit, there’s not much he can’t get done.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on December 16, 2016.