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We must admit, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was the last movie we'd expect to undergo extensive re-shoots, or any sort of behind the scenes mayhem that would indicate any less than harmonious activity in its camp. And yet, in a world where Rogue One has turned from a run of the mill Star Wars project into one of the most closely watched films, it's actually turning out to be a less chaotic affair than previously thought.
The Hollywood Reporter revealed the further adventures of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which apparently involves major post-production involvement by editor / director Tony Gilroy. Supposedly Gilroy's involvement is something that's not only become a part of Rogue One's rather interesting production history, but it's also more collaborative and less conflicting than we've previously heard. In fact, sources have stated that Gilroy and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story's director Gareth Edwards are working on a cut of the film that both parties can agree on as the final product, from their shared editing room. Oddly enough, Tony Gilroy's assistance to Edwards isn't even a new factor in his career, as Gilroy's advice on Godzilla also proved invaluably helpful.
All of this comes after Gilroy was previously drafted for un-credited re-writes on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, a decision which stemmed from concerns Disney had over the tone and structure of the first Star Wars Story spinoff that the studio has planned. That information isn't new, but what is new is the fact that we're hearing the ending to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was one of the aspects that stuck out to the powers that be.
To understand the importance of the relationship between Tony Gilroy and Gareth Edwards is to understand why the reshoots to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story aren't the kiss of death to the production of the franchise's first spin-off. With the close, collaborative nature existing between the two contributors, and with Godzilla being the direct result of such collaboration, we're just as excited about Rogue One as we were when we first locked eyes with the trailer. Here's hoping that in the light of other stories involving studio mandated reshoots and alternate edits, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story stands out as an exception to the recent rules and benefits such time and care.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story steals a bit of history on December 16th.