There’s been a lot said surrounding the news of “Rogue One” re-shoots — most notably, some reports indicated that up to 40% of the film was being reshot, and that “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” helmer Christopher McQuarrie was brought in to help fix the film to add some levity and fun to the film.
Well, a new report clears up some of those earlier claims — which are said to be primarily false — in addition to revealing that revered filmmaker Tony Gilroy (“The Bourne Identity”) has boarded the film as second unit director, and to assist with some story elements.
According to Entertainment Weekly, “The plan now is to lock picture in mid-August and begin scoring the movie in September,” which they note would be an earlier timeline than “The Force Awakens.”
The site mentions that the reshoots were originally planned for spring, but were delayed until mid-summer to give director Gareth Edwards more time to discuss what he’d like to reshoot. “The changes have everything to do with clarity and character development and all take place [as inserts] within scenes we’ve already shot,” one source said.
The new footage is reportedly for more “intimate” moments. The source told EW, “It’s a lot of talking in cockpits.”
Another source said, “The movie is very different than [‘The Force Awakens’], and that’s intentional.”
Additionally, the report mentions the boarding of Gilroy to the “Rogue One” team in the spring to “…offer notes on the first cut and write some additional material to enhance the story” as well as “…assist Edwards as a second unit director when cameras start rolling again.”
The first “Rogue One” footage is supposed to be shown at the Star Wars Celebration event in July.
Directed by Gareth Edwards (“Godzilla,” “Monsters”) from a script by Gary Whitta and Chris Weitz, and starring Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Forest Whitaker, Diego Luna and Riz Ahmed, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” opens December 16.
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