Slated for release on December 16, 2016 is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, an anthology film about Rebels stealing plans for the first Death Star just prior to the events of the original Star Wars motion picture. What was not planned however, is all of the negative press concerning the movie's reshoots. With four to five weeks of mid-summer reshoots on the books for Rogue One, the internet has absolutely spiraled out of control with rumors and theorists claiming there to be a new director at the helm, a new writer penning the script, and almost half of the final product still needing to be filmed.
It can sometimes be difficult as a fan to decipher exactly which rumors to buy and which to sell (especially when it comes to reshoots), but there are plenty of facts to draw an objective conclusion here. It has not helped matters that virtually every news outlet across the web has at least commented on this story – as if to verify its accuracy and authenticity – but even so, there are still plenty of reasons for fans to be excited for this anthology film. Navigating the waters of rumors and reshoots can be a bit tricky, but this article is here to help uncover the nuggets of truth buried in all of this internet speculation in order to figure out exactly what is going on with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Reshoots: What Does This Actually Mean?
The word reshoots can carry a negative connotation with fans. In fact, recently it has become almost a dirty word for some moviegoers. The truth of the matter is that reshoots have become common practice for big-budget films. Kevin Feige, the mastermind and executive producer behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has stated in multiple interviews – including his statement below from his 2014 interview with Badass Digest – that additional photography gets placed on the schedule before the filming of these major projects even begins.
We always build in two weeks because the hardest thing about the additional photography is the actors' schedules, wrangling the actors. So we just build it in. We've done some movies that have three days of reshoots, some that have fifteen days, twenty days if not more.
Some of you may remember the accusations behind the Suicide Squad reshoots just weeks ago in which BirthMoviesDeath reported that additional photography was being conducted in order to add “more humor and lightness to the film.” Of course, these rumors were soon squashed by the film's director himself, David Ayer.
Additionally, Devin Faraci, Editor-in-Chief of BirthMoviesDeath, quoted an inside source, stating the trailer for Suicide Squad, which featured Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," contained "every joke in the movie." Within a matter of days of this article hitting the web however, another trailer was released with a slew of new jokes, rendering this statement fairly unlikely.
Without trying to attack a certain website or journalist, you can see how rumors sometimes spiral out of control. That is not to say that either Suicide Squad or Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will necessarily be great, but it does reinforce the fact that reshoots are not a definitive death sentence for major motion pictures.
Should Fans Be Worried About Rogue One: A Star Wars Story?
I suppose a more well-phrased question would be: Should fans worry about 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' due to the recent reports concerning these reshoots? The answer to that question is a resounding no. Based on the information we have right now, there is absolutely no reason for panic. The smashing box office success and critical darling that was Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens underwent mid-summer reshoots just ahead of its December release, and as we all know, turned out just fine. In fact, reports have Rogue One wrapping up even earlier in its respective timeline than the aforementioned Episode VII.
The timeline for this anthology film has shifted a bit however, as reshoots for Rogue One were originally scheduled for spring rather than mid-summer. According to sources who recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly, this move was to allow director Gareth Edwards and company more time in the editing room before deciding exactly which scenes to alter.
Additionally, rumors have been circulating which name the Academy Award winning Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation) as the new writer and co-director of Rogue One. It should be noted however, that these theories have also been shot down via Twitter.
A Darker Tone?
That said, there are reports concerning these reshoots that hold a bit more weight and tend to be a tad worrisome. Some of the major publications have reported that one goal of the additional photography – now scheduled for mid-June – is to alter the film's tone, which apparently drifts too far away from that of a traditional Star Wars movie.
In fact, a source who recently spoke to The Hollywood Reporter claimed that Rogue One felt an awful lot like a war film. This is not to say that Disney executives did not like the movie, but rather that they felt this prequel needed to align itself tonally with A New Hope considering how closely they fall within the Star Wars timeline. Even still, there was no mention in the article about a new director, a new writer, or the rumor claiming that additional photography will involve reshooting over 40% of the entire film.
While it is impossible at this point in time to declare whether or not Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be a good film or a bad one, it is probably safe to say that these reshoots are being a bit overemphasized. As stated earlier, reshoots can carry a negative connotation that may scare film fans a bit, but in this day and age it is simply commonplace. Until further notice, expectations surrounding Rogue One should not be altered one way or another due to these reports.
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