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When talking about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, there's one subject that's becomes an unavoidable topic of conversation: the film's storied re-shoots. Once thought to be a sheer product of studio notes, the truth has been decoded over time. Of course, there isn't much decoding left to do now that director Gareth Edwards has given a pretty comprehensive statement on what lead to the additional re-tooling of his entry into Star Wars history, and believe it or not, the decision was more organic than most would have you believe.
The L.A. Times spoke with Edwards recently, and his recap of the situation begins with noticing how the tone of the version of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story that was being crafted at the moment could go in a million directions. Gareth Edwards started to recall the situation as follows:
The positive side to a film like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story taking such an out of the box approach as it did with the documentary style footage is that, to a certain extent, it can afford to take such a detour in its creative process. Of course, the downside it that you've blown a good portion of your budget on all of this footage that you've filmed over time. From the looks of Gareth Edwards' further description of the situation, it sounds like the budget wasn't the issue, but rather the time involved with the measures that were required to pull the film into manageable shape. Edwards continued his explanation:
Of course, all of this talk about the re-shoots doesn't address the main concern that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story seemed to have with assembling its finished product: the tone of the ending to Edwards' piece of the Star Wars universe and that of A New Hope's first 10 minutes. Then again, the subject of re-shoots on Rogue One has rarely been clean cut, except for one factor: they exist, and they're here to help whip the film into shape. If the reactions to the footage shown to critics last weekend is any indication, it sounds like they've done their job.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will arrive in theaters, fully assembled and ready to go, on December 15th for early showings.