Since reports emerged that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was set to undergo extensive reshoots fans have been expressing a sense of alarm. For many, this was perhaps the first sign of trouble for the stand-alone film.
Panic not. Reshoots are beginning to find commonplace on such high-profile films. Let’s just say, it’s just a good thing that Lucasfilm have such deep pockets to make sure that everything goes to plan second time round. Well, at least we know executives are taking matters seriously to make sure that they achieve the best possible result.
When you think about it, reshoots shouldn’t always be viewed in a negative light. The Force Awakens also had weeks of reshoots during the summer of 2015 but it still lived up to expectations. Perhaps we shouldn’t be so quick to judge.
Entertainment Weekly recently interviewed the makers of Rogue One and they definitely didn’t beat around the bush asking them straight-up to discuss the reshoot. How extensive are these reshoots? Are they as bad as some sources are making them out to be?
Edwards was very open about the situation and admitted that the interview would have to be short and sweet given that he was expected back on set the following morning. He also revealed that the reshoots were not out of the blue and that they had expected them
“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 also added that the rumours about the reshoots have “been blown out of proportion a little bit.” How reassuring!
On the other hand, Kathleen Kennedy of Lucasfilm and producer of Rogue One stated that claims over the change to the tone of the film should be disregarded. She said, “There’s nothing about the story that’s changing, with a few things that we’re picking up in additional photography.” So, Rogue One is still on course to have a Band of Brothers-esque feel to it.
With that in mind, it’s worth noting that Rogue One (if everything goes to plan) will wrap up production a month earlier in September in comparison with The Force Awakens which was finished in October 2015 for its December release.
The stand alone films are also posing some interesting questions in terms of whether or not they should take on the generic Star Wars style. Kennedy admitted that executives still haven’t made their mind up about the opening crawl amidst other things.
Regardless of reshoots and stylistic templates the future looks pretty bright for Star Wars stand-alone films. Rogue One is still on course to be released this December with a Han Solo film in the pipeline for 2018. Exciting or what?!