“Star Wars” fans have been pretty worried about the “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” reshoots. Considering the rumors floating around that Lucasfilm/Disney wasn’t totally pleased with the film and that it could be reshooting half of the footage — which is definitely false, and impossible in order to meet the deadline — there’s some justification to be a little concerned. However, director Gareth Edwards and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy have now opened up about the reshoots, reassuring fans that this was a part of the plan all along — reiterating that it’s nothing major.
Edwards told Entertainment Weekly, “I mean it was always part of the plan to do reshoots. We always knew we were coming back somewhere to do stuff. We just didn’t know what it would be until we started sculpting the film in the edit.” He added, “There’s lots of little things that we have to get, but it’s all little things within the preexisting footage.”
The “Godzilla” director said he believes part of the commotion over the reshoots comes stems from the difficulty in getting all the actors back to film the scenes, which is a challenge for ensemble-heavy flicks like “Rogue One.” “Obviously, you’ve got to work around everyone’s schedule, and everyone’s on different films all over the world, and so it’s a bit of a logistical nightmare…That’s why I think it’s been blown out of proportion a little bit.”
Kennedy reaffirmed that the story will be saying the same, despite the reshoots, which are only to punch up certain scenes. “There’s nothing about the story that’s changing, with a few things that we’re picking up in additional photography…I think that’s the most important thing, to reassure fans that it’s the movie we intended to make.”
Describing Edwards’ style, which will be unique compared to the look of other “Star Wars” films we’re used to, Kennedy said, “[Edwards] does a lot of handheld, intimate, close-up work. That’s not something you’ve necessarily seen in a “Star Wars” movie before…And we brought in [cinematographer] Greig Fraser, to shoot it, who had done “Zero Dark Thirty.” So a combination of Greig and Gareth has been, I think, fantastic, and it just gives it a really unique style.”
The final edit for “Rogue One” is reportedly on track to be completed in August, with the score by Alexandre Desplat and the sound effects added in September. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” wrapped the process in October the year of its release.
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” hits theaters on December 16, 2016.
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