Apparently plenty of you rebelled over the weekend as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was the number one film, grossing over $290 million worldwide. Many critics were overjoyed by Lucasfilm’s first Star Wars spinoff praising it for being new by mixing in the old — the new being focusing on the untold story of how the plans to the Death Star were stolen, the old being seeing digitized classic characters from the original trilogy. But the old also included some unused footage – that many of us didn’t even notice at the time – from the original 1977 film Star Wars: A New Hope. Check out the full story below. Minor spoilers follow. There’s your only warning.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story officially hits theaters today (check out our review here), and depending on whether or not you have seen it, it could change the way we see Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones).
While we’ve heard Kathleen Kennedy say that this is just one standalone film, the actress is under contract to appear in one sequel. Before we can speculate how she will appear, we have to warn you that MAJOR SPOILERS will follow after the jump. I repeat, MAJOR SPOILERS are ahead, so you’ve gotten your warning.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Director: Gareth Edwards Screenwriter: Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy Cast: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Jiang Wen, and Forest Whitaker Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Rated PG-13 | 133 minutes Release Date: December 16, 2016
While spinoffs have a reputation of being written off as a cash grab scheme, the Star Wars universe has a wealth of material to work with. When it was first announced that there would be spinoffs, many wondered what or rather who they could be about. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, will be the first of those planned spinoffs. The film centers on a group of rebels who embark on the fabled mission to steal the plans to the Death Star. As storied as those troubling reshoots and issues with the script were, Rogue One is highly entertaining.
Sometimes one man’s controversy is another man’s $5 million paycheck. At least for Tony Gilroy. As you may recall, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was embroiled in a lengthy controversy when the film entered a summer-long reshoot session that required the aid of Gilroy doing rewrites for the film. Normally, a reshoot for any film, especially one of this size, is not really a cause for concern, but because Disney and Lucasfilm were not pleased with the film’s tone, and that a rumored 40% of the film needed to be reshot in order to address some of its major issues, like tone.
Now that the reshoots are fully behind us and Rogue One is already having its press tour, we can look forward to seeing if these reshoots helped or hurt the first Star Wars spinoff. Regardless of what happens, though, Gilroy is getting a nice paycheck out of all of this. One that amounts to $5 million. More on the story below.
These reports on studios ordering reshoots seems to be more of a cautionary tale not because there are issues with the original director’s cut, but the fact that studio interference might cause more problems despite their good intentions to deliver an entertaining product. Those reshoots for Suicide Squad may have proven to be disastrous, we don’t know, we haven’t seen the movie, but based on critics’ reactions those reshoots may have done more harm than good. So when reports of reshoots for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story were reported, there wasn’t any immediate concern because we would normally treat reshoots as something that was already planned in advance.
Now there are reports that uncredited writer Tony Gilroy (The Bourne Legacy, Michael Clayton) has been tapped to help the editing process with director Gareth Edwards adding his input. Whether or not his vision will stay intact or they are just saying he is on board because the studio wants to avoid a conflict with the DGA remains to be seen. But Rogue One‘s behind-the-scenes drama doesn’t seem to be over quite yet. More on the story below.