It’s the Summer of 2016, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is undergoing reshoots. Reshoots are just a normal part of the filmmaking process and take place in order to polish some scenes. Additional reshoots may also be done in order to add new scenes. But when it happened for director Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One, there were quite a few concerns. First came the reports that Disney execs were not pleased with the tone of the film. Then Tony Gilroy came in to help fix some of the issues with the script. And the lengthy reshoots were due in part to the actors’ different schedules.
While Rogue One went to become a huge hit both critically and commercially, the drama of the rewrites and reshoots will always be attached to it. And now we are getting some insight about how problematic the script was before Gilroy came in to fix it. The Oscar-nominated screenwriter recently spoke about it in an interview. According to him, “they were in terrible trouble.” More on the story below.
Gilroy paid a visit to The Moment With Brian Koppelman (via The Hollywood Reporter).
During the interview, Gilroy spoke about how much confusion there was about the script and tone before he came to the set in London.
“If you look at Rogue, all the difficulty with Rogue, all the confusion of it â€¦ 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.”
The first act focused on introducing the characters, the mission, and bringing them together. However, the second act felt more discombobulated from the entire film. In fact, it felt unnecessary. That being said, Gilroy explored the characters’ sacrifices for the greater good in the fantastic third act.
But what may have made Gilroy’s rewrites work so well was his disconnection to the franchise as a whole. The screenwriter doesn’t consider himself to be a fan of Star Wars, and that allowed him to tell the story he wanted to tell, while also making it a Star Wars film.
“I’ve never been interested in Star Wars, ever. So I had no reverence for it whatsoever. I was unafraid about that,” said Gilroy. “And they were in such a swamp â€¦ they were in so much terrible, terrible trouble that all you could do was improve their position.”
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