This past Tuesday, it was reported that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story would undergo reshoots soon, which immediately worried many fans about what this means for the first of the Star Wars “spinoffs.” The fact of the matter is that most, if not all, major blockbusters dedicate time for extra filming even after principal photography has concluded, but this development has nonetheless got people talking. While a later report indicate that the reshoots are meant to adjust Rogue One’s tone after the movie allegedly didn’t test well, new information now states that they have to do with the characters themselves. 

Speaking with sources close to Lucasfilm, EW learned that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will reshoot for four-five weeks and wrap up right before Star Wars Celebration begins in London on July 15. As mentioned earlier, the reshoots were planned in advance, and while they were originally intended to being in the spring, the extra time allowed director Gareth Edwards and the crew decided what they wanted to alter. Here’s what one of the sources said:
The changes have everything to do with clarity and character development and all take place [as inserts] within scenes we’ve already shot.

So rather than completely redo certain story aspects or major battles in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the goal is to provide more “intimate” moments with Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso and the rest of the main characters. Here’s how another insider described the new footage they intend to get:
It’s a lot of talking in cockpits.

Right now, the current plan is to have Rogue One locked in by around mid-August so it can be scored in September. Oh, and approximately 40% of the movie will not be reshot, as they wouldn’t be able to finish by August, thus necessitating its release date being delayed. Rogue One will still be a grittier adventure set in a galaxy far, far away, emphasizing the “Wars” part of the franchise. Granted, these sources did say that it’s difficult coordinating the actors’ schedules, but the goal is to simply improve on what the movie already has rather than scrap nearly half of it frantically.

Another rumor that was debunked in this report was that Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’s Christopher McQuarrie was writing a new script and co-directing these Rogue One reshoots. McQuarrie himself denied this on his Twitter account, though it was confirmed that he did make contributions to an earlier script draft. However, Michael Clayton writer and director Tony Gilroy, who has worked with Gareth Edwards in the past, did provide some notes and consultation on Rogue One in the spring, including writing new dialogue for the reshoots. So the blockbuster did indeed get a new creative mind to offer a fresh perspective, it just wasn’t the person that everyone believed it was.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be released in theaters on December 16, 2016.

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